As personal computers and wearable devices get more powerful with each iteration, so do the behemoths of the computing world known as Supercomputers.
Supercomputers are extremely powerful machines which are created specifically to take care of extreme computing tasks which regular machines aren’t equipped to handle.
However, more important than the uses they facilitate, are the bragging rights that these supercomputers bestow on the company/country behind their development.
For the last three years, these bragging rights have belonged to China, who has consistently topped the list of the most powerful supercomputers with it’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer.
But now, this exceptional supercomputer has been ousted from it’s throne by yet another Chinese supercomputer, knows as the Sunway TaihuLight.
This new machine, which is currently housed at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, has broken all previous records by establishing a benchmark performance of 93 petaflops in the Linpack Benchmark Test.
This performance is nearly three times the speed of the Tianhe-2, and can beat the might of the next five most powerful systems on the list, combined.
In addition to the performance title, this supercomputer has also given China the title of “The Country With The Most Supercomputers” at 167 systems, which previously belonged to the United States with 165.
Making the success of this system possible is a brand new 260 core chip, which was developed specially for each of the machine’s 40,960 nodes.
This custom chip was developed by the National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering & Technology, in Beijing.
The chip replaces the Intel Xeon as the preferred chip of choice for Chinese supercomputer manufacturers, even though it’s not known whether this chip will ever be sold in the open market.
So far, the only thing that’s known is that the Sunway TaihuLight is expected to be used for research and engineering work, including weather modeling and advanced manufacturing.