Su­per­com­puter on way

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

TIAN­JIN: China is plan­ning to de­velop a pro­to­type of an ex­as­cale com­puter, con­sid­ered the next fron­tier of su­per­com­put­ers, by the end of this year, a de­vel­oper has an­nounced.

“A com­plete com­put­ing sys­tem of the ex­as­cale su­per­com­puter and its ap­pli­ca­tions can only be ex­pected in 2020, and will be 200 times more pow­er­ful than the coun­try’s first petaflop com­puter Tianhe-1 that was recog­nised as the world’s fastest in 2010,” said Zhang Ting, ap­pli­ca­tion en­gi­neer with the Tian­jin-based Na­tional Su­per­com­puter Cen­tre.

Ex­as­cale com­put­ers are ca­pa­ble of at least 1 quin­til­lion (a billion billion) cal­cu­la­tions per sec­ond.

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