China’s Tianhe-2 Remains as the Fastest Supercomputer
Tianhe-2 China’s supercomputer that is capable of operating at 33.86 petaflops per second still remain as the world’s powerful operating system based on a biannual top 500 list of supercomputers. Developed by the China National University of Defense Technology the Tianhe-2 placed China back on the top of the lists in June.
The supercomputer is twice as fast as the next supercomputer named Titan of the U.S. Department of Energy that performs at 17.59 petaflops per second. According to Jack Dongarra a professor at he University of Tennessee, the supercomputer Tinahe-2 is a powerful computing system that performs twice a much as the Titan and will still be in the number one position for another year. Other than its computing chips, Tianhe -2 uses the technology that has been develop and built in China from its operating system, interconnecting system, software to its front end processors. The only challenge that China faces it’s to develop the computing chip technology so that it can fully built the supercomputer with Chinese parts.
Tianhe-2 predecessor the Tianhe-1A was on the top of the list but was overtaken by Japan’s supercomputer K six months later. As of the moment Tianhe-1A ranks 12 on the list of supercomputers,
Since 1993, the list of supercomputer is released twice a year and is said to be the authoritative ranking among the world’s supercomputers. The list compiles the ranking based on Linpack benchmark created by Dongarra and other computer experts using the machine’s performance.