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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.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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SpiderGbeminiyi Olaifaskedge Recent comment authors

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

Gbeminiyi Olaifa

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


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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