China Develops Fastest Supercomputer

computer-screenChina has replaced the United States as the record holder for the fastest supercomputer in the world.

A supercomputer built at the National Supercomputing Center in the city of Tianjin reportedly can do 2,507 trillion calculations per second, a computing speed faster than what the current fastest supercomputer can perform. The Tianhe-1A is 1.4 times faster than the supercomputer at a national laboratory in Tennessee.

The Tianhe, which means Milky Way, is now being used for tests by the Tianjin Meteorological Bureau and the National Offshore Oil Corporation data center. Officials said the supercomputer, whose performance was revealed in Beijing on Thursday, could also benefit the animation industry and bio-medical research.

University of Tennessee scientist Jack Dongarra, who makes the official list of fastest computers, told the New York Times that it is very unlikely that a faster computer than the Tianhe would be developed by November 1, when the ranking is finalized. The Tianhe-1A “blows away the existing No. 1 machine,” Dongarra said.