Tianhe-2, the fastest and most powerful supercomputer in the world so far has been recently dethroned by Sunway TaihuLight, nearly tripling supercomputer speed record achieved with its predecessor Tianhe-2. One way or another, supremacy between supercomputers is still in China.
Sunway TaihuLight: China has the most powerful Supercomputer in the world
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During the International Supercomputing Conference, TaihuLight immediately stole all the attention to make the TOP 500 of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. This new supercomputer has a processing power of 93 Petaflops, so it is capable of running trillion operations per second.
In addition to power, it is also highly efficient: It has 10.65 million cores divided into 41,000 chips coupled with 1.3 Petabytes (1,300 terabytes) of RAM and only consume 15.3 MW of power. In comparison, the most powerful supercomputer in US has only 560,000 cores and in terms of energy consumption, its predecessor Tianhe-2 requires 17.8 MW for 33 Petaflops.
However, one of the most interesting features of TaihuLight is not precisely in its specifications, but in its origin: The supercomputer has been built completely alone with Chinese components.
“Being number one in China made entirely with homegrown processors, the Sunway TaihuLight system demonstrates the significant progress China has made in the field of design and bill large – scale supercomputers.” – Said Dr. Yang Guangwen, director of the National Supercomputing Center, which houses the TaihuLight.
Supercomputers are used as a vital national security tool, scientific research and industry. Among its many daily functions of which we benefit are climate prediction, synthesis of new drugs and designing new products.