Monday, 15 Nov, 2010 Technology
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China Creates World's Fastest Supercomputer, Surpasses the US' Jaguar

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Recently a survey ranked a Chinese supercomputer as the world's most powerful, surpassing The Jaguar, the supercomputer that previously headed the Top 500 (www.top500.org).

Dubbed Tianhe-1, which means Milky Way, the Chinese supercomputer showed a speed of 2,570 trillion calculations per second, thus making it to number 1 position in the Top 500 survey of supercomputers.

The machine is located at the National Centre for Supercomputing in the northern port city of Tianjin and most of the chips it uses were designed in the United States.

It is worth mentioning that The Jaguar, installed at a US government facility in Tennessee, boasts a speed of 1,750 trillion calculations per second, thus holding the second position in the ranking.

The third most powerful supercomputer is located in China as well. Called the Nebulae, the supercomputer can be seen at the National Supercomputing Centre in the southern city of Shenzhen, reports Physorg.

Over a half of supercomputers included in the Top 500 list are in the United States. China has now 42 systems in the list, surpassing Japan, France, Germany and United Kingdom.

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