National University of Defense Technology assembles fastest supercomputer

by Nithya 2010-11-09 21:34:48

The National University of Defense Technology in China may have assembled the fastest supercomputer in the world with 43 percent speeds better than with previous systems.

Nvidia’s senior product manager, Sumit Gupta, said that the Tianhe-1A of the university set a spectacular record of 2.507 petaflops, or more than two quadrillion computations every second that will make it much faster than any of the world’s system that was listed in the Top 500 supercomputers.

In addition, China is spending in supercomputers to enhance simulation and research for defense, seismic imaging, alternative energy, genomics and climate modeling. Since China started to invest in the technology last 2002, it has mounted to third worldwide in general high-performance computing power, following the European Union and the United States.


According to Gupta, they have mainly known the fact that they need to spend in high-performance computing to go on to improve their technology, to keep on to enhance their research and science. Gupta also said that this is an acknowledgement that the United Stated had about for past 50 years.

Furthermore, the Tianhe-1A utilizes the 7,168 graphics processing units of Nvidia Tesla M2050 and the 14,336 chips of Intel. Nvidia said that these are thrice more powerful in terms of efficiency that the recent systems.

Moreover, Nvidia also said that the system, which is situated at the Tianjin's National Supercomputing Center, has the power in computing 175,000 laptops. China had two on the June list of top ten computers, compared with seven for the United States.

Next month, the list will be then updated. In the recent list, Jaguar is the fastest computer, made by Cray that was based in Seattle, and was setup at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. In testing the Jaguar, it clocked 1.75 petaflops.

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