China has the fastest computer in the world – survey

5 years ago by in Technology

A supercomputer made in China is the fastest in the world, according to a survey that places an American gadget on the second place.

Tianhe-2, a supercomputer created by China’s National University of Defense Technology, achieved processing speeds of 33.86 petaflops (1000 trillion calculations) per second on a benchmarking test.  The computer thus placed on the first place in Top 500 survey of supercomputers, becoming the fastest ever made.

Its main rival, the United States-designed Titan, had achieved a performance of 17.59 petaflops per second, the international press reports.

Five of the world’s 10 fastest computers are installed in the United States, with the rest of the two in China, two in Germany and one in Japan, according to the survey.

Most of the Tianhe-2’s parts are developed in China, except for its main processors, which are designed by the U.S. firm Intel.

“Most of the features of the system were developed in China… the interconnect, operating system, front-end processors and software are mainly Chinese,” the list’s website said.

The Top 500 list is made two times every year and includes supercomputers that are rated depending on their speed of performance in a test by experts from Germany and the United States.