The Chinese are celebrating a victory over their Western rivals today, as it has been confirmed that a research center in China has managed to steal the title of developing the fastest supercomputer in the world.
As reported from BBC, the new machine is called the Tianhe-1A and it surpasses speeds met by the predecessor, the Tennessee-based XT5 Jaguar by a huge 1.4 times difference.
The XT5 Jaguar has a top speed of 1.75 petaflops per second which is around 1,000 trillion calculations per second, but China’s new Tianhe-1A can churn out a staggering 2,500 thousand trillion calculations a second.
Interestingly, the Tianhe-1A is comprised of around 7,000 NVIDIA graphics cards and 14,000 Intel processor chips – imagine if something like this hits the market? Prepare to be blown away from a gaming point of view if it ever did.
What are your thoughts on this new supercomputer? Experts are saying the speed won’t be beaten for a while, it will be interesting to see what the US can come up with next.
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