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Tianhe-2 is Now the World’s Fastest Supercomputer

Tianhe-2
Photo Source: Top500 via Forbes

Every half a year, the analysts from firm called Top500 produces a list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. Recently, it just held its 41st event in its bi-annual tradition according to the company’s official website. During that, a new topnotcher has been revealed.

The fastest supercomputer to date is the China-made Tianhe-2 said the online publication of Forbes. Based on the report, the machine was built by the National University of Defense Technology to become the successor of the Tianhe-1. It added that the product is set to debut on the National Supercomputer Center located in Guangzho two years earlier than its scheduled release.

The Specs of Tianhe 2

The speed of Tianhe-2 in processing data is brought about by its series of Intel processors. The report pointed out that it has around 16,000 nodes. Then, each contains two Xeon IvyBridge processors and three Xeon Phi processors. Overall, the total processor cores that the supercomputer has numbers up to  3,120,000.

The Performance of the Tianhe-2

In the benchmarking result of Top500, the reading in terms of the supercomputer’s performance reached a mark of 33.86 petaflops per second. That makes it nearly twice as fast as the Cray Titan supercomputer which held the distinction as the world’s fastest supercomputer in November 2012.

The Top Brand

Despite the Tianhe-2 winning the ranking in the fastest supercomputer category, it was IBM that dominated to the Top500 list. The report explained that the brand came up on top because five out of the supercomputers featured in the top ten actually came from IBM. Thirty-four of the supercomputers featured in the top 100 list also came from the same company.

Cray and Fujitsu fared well in the rankings too because a few of their supercomputers were listed in the top 100. Therefore, Forbers ruled out that despite China having the fastest supercomputer in the world, it still faces a lot of competition from the other popular brands.

Source: Forbes