From Superpower to Supercomputer

For the first time ever, a Chinese system tops the list of the fastest supercomputers in the world

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On Sunday night, the Supercomputing 10 conference, in New Orleans, released a new Top 500 list of the fastest computers on the planet. China tops the list for the first time with the Tianhe-1A system, at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin, clocking in at 2.57 petaflops per second. The list helps highlight the latest trends in computing—the power of general microprocessors, the ascendance of Asian computing, and the importance of interconnect technologies—Tianhe-1A uses a novel interconnect technology believed to be twice as fast as InfiniBand. Host Steven Cherry talks with Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, whose Jaguar supercomputer ranks second on the new list.

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