Newest supercomputer (made in China)…

China has recently created a purely Chinese supercomputer called the “Sunway BlueLight MPP supercomputer” which uses less power than any supercomputer in the world. The Sunway BlueLight MMP produces one petaflop of processing power while only using one megawatt of power. This supercomputer consists of “a total of 8,700 ShenWei SW1600 processors that feature 16 cores apiece. Combined with an advanced water-cooling system – the specific details of which are currently unknown – the supercomputer is expected to reach a total processing power of around one petaflop.”

This is a major achievement for China because while the specs of this supercomputer will place the Sunway BlueLight MMP supercomputer in the top-20 of the worlds fastest supercomputers, it is the most efficient supercomputer based on the power consumption. One of China’s other supercomputers, “Tianhe-1A”, was the worlds fastest supercomputer at the time of its released, with a processing speed of 2.5-petaflops and using 4.04 metawatts of power. The Tianhe-1A supercomputer was built using chips from both Intel and Nvidia, while the Sunway BlueLight MMP was built purely Chinese-based products. “The fastest U.S. supercomputer at the moment – Jaguar – eats up about seven megawatts to output roughly 1.7 petaflops of processing performance.”

This power-saving, cooling, and petaflop performance in key to reach the next world achievement. There is now an international race to hit an exaflop, aka one thousand petaflops, within the next decade. This will process “a thousand trillion calculations per second, we note”. China believes it will achieve this by 2020. The US estimates it will reach this goal by upgrading its Jaguar into – soon-to-be “Titan” – by 2019. And Europe expects to reach its exaflop around the same time.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2395554,00.asp#fbid=nhhPXTm9pgQ

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4 thoughts on “Newest supercomputer (made in China)…

  1. Sounds like a nice machine. How much does a machine like that cost to make? And what is this super computer being used for? Last question what is the requirement for a computer to be considered a super computer? because i play Crysis on max so I think i might have something lol.

    • Supercomputer costs vary. Based on my research, they can cost from $1 million to more than $50 million…

      “Supercomputers are used for highly calculation-intensive tasks such as problems including quantum physics, weather forecasting, climate research, molecular modeling (computing the structures and properties of chemical compounds, biological macromolecules, polymers, and crystals), and physical simulations (such as simulation of airplanes in wind tunnels, simulation of the detonation of nuclear weapons, and research into nuclear fusion).” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercomputer)

      And lastly, there is no way you have a supercomputer simply because of their cost (lol). But you definitely have a nice computer and a good taste in games 🙂

    • I couldn’t find an exact answer for this from the 10 websites I looked up, but I found out there are programs that let you measure your computer in FLOPS, so if you want to do that, just Google “measuring FLOPS” and find install a program like that. But other than that, all I could find (that was relevant to your question) was the definition of FLOPS and how they are measured, however the site doesn’t compare the speeds to regular computing power. Sorry.

      “Short for floating-point operations per second, a common benchmark measurement for rating the speed of microprocessors. Floating-point operations include any operations that involve fractional numbers. Such operations, which take much longer to compute than integer operations, occur often in some applications. Most modern microprocessors include a floating-point unit (FPU), which is a specialized part of the microprocessor responsible for executing floating-point operations. The FLOPS measurement, therefore, actually measures the speed of the FPU. One of the most common benchmark tests used to measure FLOPS is called Linpack.” (http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-gigaflops.htm)

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