TaihuLight named world's fastest supercomputer
China’s Sunway TaihuLight has taken the crown of the world’s fastest machine again, according to the latest edition of Top500, a list of supercomputers.
The massive supercomputer, built entirely using processors designed and made in China, made its first public appearance in June, when it easily dethroned the former champion, Tianhe-2, also a Chinese system but built based on Intel chips.
TaihuLight is capable of performing 93 million billion calculations per second. That's almost three times as fast as Tianhe-2, which had claimed No. 1 spot in the top 500 for the past three years.
That means a Chinese supercomputer has topped the rankings for eight times in a row, indicating the rise of China in the high performance computing field.
In the previous list released in June, China overtook the United States in the number of total supercomputers installed.