Chinese supercomputer tops list of world’s fastest
A new Chinese supercomputer has dethroned the country’s Tianhe-2 from the top of a list of the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world.
For the first time, the country has taken top spot without using US technology.
The newcomer, called Sunway TaihuLight, is twice as fast and three times as efficient as Tianhe-2.
The new system was developed by the Chinese National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering & Technology and installed at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, Jiangsu province.
Tianhe-2, an Intel- based supercomputer, had claimed the top spot on the past six TOP 500 lists.
It is also the first time since the list was initially drawn up in 1993 that the US is no longer home to the largest number of supercomputer systems. China leads with 167 systems and the US is second with 165, the statement said.
Visitors take pictures in a tunnel of LED lights during a LED light art festival at Huahai Park in Taiyuan, capital of North China’s Shanxi province. The festival featured settings and art works that used more than 20 million LED lights.