China steals supercomputer title from the US

By Emil ยท 87 replies
Oct 28, 2010
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  1. China has built the world's fastest supercomputer, stealing the crown from the United States, according to the New York Times. The National University of Defense Technology's Tianhe-1A PC has 14,336 processors from Intel and over 7,168 M2050 graphics cards from Nvidia ($2,500 each). This gives it a horsepower equivalent of 175,000 laptop computers, according to Nvidia. China says t...

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  2. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    If we just reclaimed the title in 2004 (although now lost it), have so many super computers been built to completely remove Japan from the top 10?
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +859

    That's my new favorite word - petaflop. :D
  4. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 412

    Question is- How does it run Crysis?
  5. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    I'm guessing this news has brought down a list of the top 500 super computers.

    What really amazes me though is that even with the huge investment and development costs, the computer power is still dwarfed by that of several botnets serving up spam
  6. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    On stories like this, a quote like the one above is almost essential. And good for China on the new Super Computing Power. Competition is always good.
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,010   +2,534

    You would have to take your shoes off to be able to count the frame rate! :rolleyes:
  8. Afenix

    Afenix TS Member Posts: 55

    I bet that computer can run games with graphics and physics being much much better than in real life.
  9. TeamworkGuy2

    TeamworkGuy2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 191

    Healthy competition is good... Will be interesting to see how long China holds the title.
    Checked and will not load, just as PanicX said. Although you can ping the server (150ms).
  10. NeoFlux

    NeoFlux TS Booster Posts: 104   +14

    They assembling another supercomputer in next room to count the frames
  11. ElShotte

    ElShotte TS Booster Posts: 163

    It could probably render the Final Fantasy movie in real time... Or could allow 100,000 Chinese to play COD...
  12. alexandrionel

    alexandrionel TS Enthusiast Posts: 94

    Almost 18 million $ just for the graphics??
    I guess it is true what I was told 15 years ago, that one day the yellow race will rule the world.
  13. taea00

    taea00 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    The Chinese are attempting to find the Ultimate Question to the Ultimate Answer. Let's just hope it isn't destroyed 5 minutes before it's finished computing.
  14. Uvindu

    Uvindu TS Booster Posts: 120

    It was about time... China is improving its infrastructure and stepping up. It won't be surprising to see them hold even more top spots in the coming years.

  15. cardriverx

    cardriverx TS Rookie Posts: 82

    That makes no sence, how can physics be better than real life? lol, and to think, 10 years from now the computers in our houses will be more powerful than this one. heh.
  16. Neojt

    Neojt TS Addict Posts: 223   +56

    Pretty impressive that it took 6 years to beat the best supercomputer.

    i men the way tech is evolving these days you purchase a PC and the next week it out of date

    But i agree with treeski what happend to Japan? did they build that many supercomps in 6years!!

    Oh and btw GO NVIDIA GO
  17. frodough

    frodough TS Rookie Posts: 90

    the mark on the door right next to the guy in the picture is the chinese character for 'Sky' and the one next to that has the set of chinese characters for 'Ocean' i think. no Alpha, Bravo here :p
  18. TwiztidSef

    TwiztidSef TS Rookie Posts: 49

    I am wondering what cluster os they are running. I am betting Red Hat enterprise. Red Hats pretty good for everything except storage from what i remember.

    Also what are they going to use this for? I hope they are keeping up with the application development for these.
  19. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    At many gigaframes per second :)
  20. taea00

    taea00 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    They're creating specialized software that'll see into the future and update your facebook and twitter status, so people will know ahead of time that while you no longer enjoy the musical stylings of Coldplay, you now have a crush on Suzy from next door.
  21. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    Same here, as long as peta isn't separated from flop here :)

    nice move China, now who's next !?

  22. I'd love to play Pong on that system.
  23. neowing

    neowing TS Booster Posts: 295

    From the original post:
    "The supercomputer race is extremely competitive and is a source of national pride"

    I don't believe the national pride is the most important. The most important fact is that one man stood up from earth and conquer all the obstacle to become the top of all the things. Do anyone have the same opinion of my post ?
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,010   +2,534

    Right! Or maybe COD 5, "The Campaign for Tibet".
  25. Blkm0nk3y92

    Blkm0nk3y92 TS Member Posts: 69

    I seen this on Yahoo. Thats a little dissapointing, but gosh damn that thing is fast...

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