Wednesday, 02 Jun, 2010 Technology

China Builds Second-Fastest Supercomputer in the World


In a recent survey one of Chinese computers was ranked second-fastest in the world. Dubbed the Nebulae, the machine, located at the National Supercomputing Centre in the southern city of Shenzhen, is able to registers a speed of 1.271 petaflops per second, the Top 500 survey says.

So far the number one point in the list of most powerful supercomputers is held by Jaguar, a machine located at a government facility in Tennessee. It is worth mentioning that over half of all systems in the list can be found in the United States. The list was unveiled at a supercomputing conference that took place in Germany.

China, which looks forward to become the leading nation in the field of IT, has 24 systems listed among the top 500 supercomputers, with two being in the top 10 - the seventh being Tianhe-1 supercomputer, found in Tianjin.

The Nebulae is the creation of Dawning Information Industry Co., Ltd., and it boasts a theoretical speed of 2.98 petaflops per second - this could make the computer the fastest in the world. Among the computer's uses there is scientific computing and gene sequencing. More information can be found here.

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