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Current Affairs: Sunway TaihuLight - World No.1 Super Computer

Sunway-TaihuLight: World's Powerful Supercomputer

The latest 2016 edition of Top 500 list of Supercomputers has revealed that China’s Sunway TaihuLight Supercomputer is the world’s most powerful supercomputer system. This Sunway-TaihuLight can perform calculations with processing speed of 124.5 petaflops per second (Pflops). It is world’s first system to surpass 100 petaflops. This supercomputer has displaced Tianhe-2, an Intel-based Chinese supercomputer that has claimed the top spot on the past six Top500 lists.

The supercomputer called Sunway-TaihuLight developed by the National Research Centre of Parallel Computer Engineering and Technology (NRCPC) is built entirely using processors designed and made in China, state-media reported. Sunway Taihu Light, with a new system built entirely using processors designed and made in China topped the list of the Top 500 supercomputers with 93 quadrillion calculations per second, according to the newest edition of the list which was announced at the 2016 International Supercomputing Conference in Germany. The computing power of the supercomputer is provided by a China-developed many-core CPU chip, which is just 25 square cm.


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