World’S Powerful Supercomputer Sunway-TaihuLight Revealed [ Current Affairs ]
Sunway TaihuLight the world’s most powerful supercomputer system has been launched by China in the 2016 edition of Top500 list. Sunway-TaihuLight has calculations with processing speed of 124.5 petaflops per second (Pflops). It becomes world’s first system to with surpass 100 petaflops.
- This supercomputer has moved Tianhe-2, an Intel-based Chinese supercomputer which has demanded the top predicament on the past six Top500 lists.
About Sunway TaihuLight
- The China’s National Research Centre of Parallel Computer Engineering and Technology (NRCPC) have developed the Sunway TaihuLight.
- It has been built completely by processors designed and made in China.
- It has capacity to perform 93 quadrillions calculations per second.
- The main aim of it is to use it in research and engineering fields such as climate, weather, life sciences, advanced manufacturing and data analytic.
Note: One petaflops is equal to one quadrillion sustained floating point operations per second.
Other supercomputers in Top500 list
- Second position: Tianhe-2 an Intel-based Chinese supercomputer is at second place with capacity of calculations with processing speed of 33.86 Pflops.
- Third position: Supercomputer of the US Department of Energy Titan is at 3rd position with performance of 17.59 Pflops.
- Fourth position: Supercomputer it is an IBM BlueGene/Q system installed at DOE’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
- Fifth position: Fujitsu’s K Supercomputer is at fifth position. It is installed at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) in Japan.
Top Countries in the list:
- China at 1st position with 167 super computer systems
- US at 2nd position with 165 systems
- Japan at 3rd position
- Germany at 4th position with 26 systems
- France at 5th position with 18 systems
- Britain at 6th position with 12 systems
The Top500 list:
- It is one of the most confident and important rankings list of the world’s supercomputers.
- On the basis of the performance of supercomputers the list is collected by experts from the US and Germany based on the LINPAC benchmark.
- Published on: June 22, 2016