China’s “Milky Way II” supercomputer returns to the top of the world

By | June 17, 2013

Milky Way II supercomputer
China’s “Milky Way II”

After a lapse of two and a half years, China’s supercomputer processing speed return to top of the world. International TOP500 organization on the 17th of June announced the latest supercomputers Top 500 list in the world. “Milky Way II” developed by China Defense Science and Technology University with 33.86 quadrillion times per second floating-point operation speed becomes the world’s fastest supercomputer computer.

In contrast, the “Titan” under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory dropped from first place to the second place with the operation speed of 17.59 quadrillion times per second. Experts said that because the “Milky Way II” is nearly doubling the speed of the second fastest, China is likely to maintain the crown for at least for a year. In the future, the position of the world’s fastest supercomputer will likely be shifted among United States, Japan and China.

Currently, the U.S. has more than half of the world’s top 500 supercomputers showing a clear advantage. Chinese mainland has 65 out of the top 500 supercomputers, declined slightly compared to 72 in last November list, but remained in second place. Japan is ranked the third with number of 30. Britain, France and Germany with 29, 23 and 19 are ranked from fourth, fith and sixth place respectively.

Source: Xinhua Net

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