Jun 18 2013, 6:26am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
A Chinese supercomputer titled the Tianhe-2 has set the world record as the speediest computer on planet earth. The word “Tianhe” means “Milky Way” in Chinese. A list of the world’s top 500 fastest computers has the Tianhe-2 way up there on the top. This list is published by TOP500 website. According to the BBC News, it was fully assembled in 2011 and currently it operates at a velocity of 33.86 peta-flops per second. A peta-flop by the way amounts to one trillion calculations. That says a lot. Supercomputers sure have come a long way since the first one was built in 1964. The Tianhe-2 is 20 times as quick as the original prototype.
Meanwhile, it is twice as fast as the Titan, an American supercomputer which used to be number one until it was relegated to number two spot thanks to the Tianhe-2 of China. Another American behemoth, the Sequoia enters the slot at number three. Finally, the Japanese Fujitsu K Computer is down at number four. Possessing over 3.12 million processor cores, the Tianhe-2 was planned and created by the National University of Defense Technology which is owned by the Chinese government. The computer has gone online and is furthermore headed towards the National Supercomputer Center located in the Guangzhou province of China.
In many ways the Chinese are ahead of the curve with this invention. Over 80% of the world’s supercomputers use Intel processors. The latest development is where the processors run parallel to each other. Supercomputers serve important needs. The calculations and solutions to problems can be employed across a wide array of industries. These can vary all the way from weather control to the human genome project all the way to energy efficiency methods and disease prevention. The more the amount of data, the better supercomputers will get an answer and very quickly too. At this stage in the evolution of world technology, supercomputers are the need of the Zeitgeist.
China has emerged from the rubble of its past as a world leader in infrastructure and high technology. And the surprising thing is that it creates carbon copies of many Western products at throwaway prices. This has earned it a lot of praise from those people who while they cannot afford an expensive edition of a laptop from America, can buy a carbon copy made in China easily. And now being the owner of the world’s fastest supercomputer makes China an even more proud community of hard workers and dedicated citizens.
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