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Tianhe-1A: Chinese Supercomputer – How fast is it?

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.


  • Spider

    Yeah, but can it even play PONG????

  • These Chinese are really set to Shock the World….people should stop living in the past….these guys are something else….Naija …wake up!

  • skedge

    Let's see now if T is the Chinese machine and J is the Jag the difference expressed as a ratio would be computed as (T-J)/J so you have using the verbatim figures from the article (2500 "thousand" trillion minus 1000 trillion) divided by 1000 trillion is 2499. Wow! Almost two point five K faster. But seriously folks, and they say asians can do math.


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