China's Sunway TaihuLight Is New World's Fastest Super Computer

Posted: Jun 20 2016, 3:55am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 21 2016, 9:13pm CDT, in News | Technology News

China's Sunway TaihuLight is New World's Fastest Super Computer
Source: Jack Dongarra, Report on the Sunway TaihuLight System, June 2016

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The new world's fastest supercomputer is China's Sunway TaihuLight. The announcement was made on Monday at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) held in Frankfurt, Germany.

With a Linpack mark of 93 Petaflops, the Sunway TaihuLight outperforms the former TOP500 champ, Tianhe-2, by a factor of three.

The supercomputer features the new ShenWei processors and custom interconnect. The components have been developed in China. At 3 teraflops, the new ShenWei processor is comparable with the Intel Knights Landing Xeon Phi.

Sunway TaihuLight does the number crunching at the National Supercomputing Center in the city of Wuxi, near Shanghai.

"As the first number one system of China that is completely based on homegrown processors, the Sunway TaihuLight system demonstrates the significant progress that China has made in the domain of designing and manufacturing large-scale computation systems,” Center director Prof. Dr. Guangwen Yang told TOP500 News.

The Sunway TaihuLight is supporting research and engineering work, in areas including climate, weather and earth systems modeling, life science research, advanced manufacturing, and data analytics.

China is now leading the ranking of the world's fastest supercomputers occupying the first two ranks. The United States ranks third with the Titan Cray supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory followed by the Sequioia BlueGene/Q system at the Livermore Research laboratory.

On the fifth rank is Japan with the K computer at the Riken Advanced Institute for Computational Science.

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