Thurs­day Tai­huLight named world's fastest su­per­com­puter

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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. (Photo 5)

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