China now the world’s fastest supercomputer

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  1. hawki

    hawki Registered Member

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    A Chinese supercomputer is the fastest in the world, according to survey results announced Monday, comfortably overtaking a US machine which now ranks second.

    Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, achieved processing speeds of 33.86 petaflops (1000 trillion calculations) per second on a benchmarking test, earning it the number one spot in the Top 500 survey of supercomputers.

    The tests show the machine is by far the fastest computer ever constructed. Its main rival, the US-designed Titan, had achieved a performance of 17.59 petaflops per second, the survey’s website said.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/17/china-now-home-to-the-worlds-fastest-supercomputer/ It runs onLinux and has a memory of

    The Computer uses 32,000 Intel Ivy Core pressors and 48,000 Xenon Phi boards giving it 3,120.000 cores

    http://thehackernews.com/2013/06/fastest-supercomputer-Tianhe-china.html

    National University of Defense Technology also does research and deveolopment on cyber and information warfare .

    http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1101&context=jss
     
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  2. funkydude

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    I'd like to game on that thing!
     
  3. cortez

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    We must remember that these statistics refer to those supercomputers revealed to the public.

    Prism (the communications monitoring system) seems to be vastly of higher capacity than any unfolded to the public. Of course it has been surmised that Prism is not a single Supercomputer, but instead a series of super computers that are continuously developed and stung together over a period of many years.

    Semantics may cloud the definition of what is a super computer (a single machine verses many super computers acting as components of a mega "Super computer" just as a car is viewed as a "single " machine which is really a uniting of many machines made up of multiple "sub" machines).

    I also doubt that any other entity other than the U.S.A. would spend a trillion dollars on a super computer (or if you prefer a series of them).

    I am sure that at least this amount of dollars have gone into the post 9/11 super computer capabilities the U.S. now possesses.

    Remember that even our satellite systems (either by the NSA, CIA [which preferred to have their own movable nuclear powered satalites under their own control rather than them "begging" the NSA for usage of their satalites]) cost in the multiple hundreds of millions of dollars easily.

    The various branches of the armed forces also have their own "dark" satellite program systems all creating a multifarious redundancy which create so much data that it is impossible to process then all into a reliable "Actionable" real time intelligence system.

    Fiefdom mentality lives on. For better or worst.
     
  4. Mman79

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    Let's try to keep this on topic, shall we? Prism is an entirely different matter, and no, a trillion hasn't been spent on such things. It costs a lot less than you think to build and run these systems.

    Anyway, I'm not surprised China is catching up to and surpassing us in certain tech areas. The U.S doesn't fund science and related tech near to the extent that it used to. China is very fast becoming much bigger than the U.S in these areas. We really need a severe kick in the pants.
     
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    Lol, waste of power.
    "Currently using 2 out of 3.120.000 cores" :D (or 4 if the game has been optimized for quad-core)
     
  6. funkydude

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    Unfortunately true :(
     
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