China took over the lead in the TOP500 list of Supercomputers from the United States.
The Chinese Tianhe-1A is the world's most powerful supercomputer according to the new TOP500 list of supercomputers. Intel announced today that the Tianhe-1A contains 14,396 Intel Xeon 5600 series CPUs. But that is not enough. The Tianhe-1A also uses 7,168 NVIDIA Tesla M2050 GPUs.
The Tianhe-1A peak performance is 2.57 petaflops. China now has the fastest supercomputer, but it is still very American inside. By the way, the Tianhe-1A consumes 4.04 megawatts.
The Cray XT5 system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory was the fastest before and is now in 2nd place. The 3rd place goes again to a Chinese supercomputer.
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