Chi­nese su­per­com­puter tops list of world’s fastest

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

XIN­HUA

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.

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