China is leading the supercomputer race

2/19/2018 11:21:08 AM

China is now the leading producer of fast supercomputers in the world. The country leads the race for dominance in the area, before the United States; China now has more machines on the list of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers than the U.S.

The world’s Top500's supercomputer list now features 202 Chinese products, the U.S. has 143. Japan has secured third place with 35 supercomputers, Germany ranks fourth with 20.

Supercomputers have an extremely high processing capacity compared to regular computers, and a much higher speed of calculation. The supercomputers are put to work to complete tough tasks in areas such as weather forecasting, nuclear weapons simulation and space science.

The speed of supercomputers is measured in floating points operations per second, or ‘flops’. The world's fastest supercomputer, the Chinese Sunway TaihuLight, can reach up to 93 petaflops, that is 93 thousand trillion ‘flops’. That is more than five times the speed of the American-built Titan.

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