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China now has 109 supercomputers, up from just 37 six months ago

China doubles down on its supercomputer efforts, triples the number of Skynet-capable systems in the last six months alone
By: Anthony Garreffa | IT/Datacenter News | Posted: Nov 18, 2015 6:32 am

From the outside, it must seem like China is close to the final construction of Skynet, and it really does seem that way. China's Tianhe-2 has retained the title of the faster computer system in the world, for the sixth consecutive time, thanks to the latest Top 500 supercomputer rankings that were released yesterday.




China has almost tripled the number of supercomputers it has on the Top 500 supercomputer list to 109 supercomputers, up from just 37 only six months ago. The US has the most supercomputers on the list from a single country, with 201 supercomputers, but it's the lowest number since the Top 500 was created in 1993.


The Tianhe-2 was created by China's National University of Defense Technology has an insane 3.1 million cores, and is capable of a swift 33.86 quadrillion floating point operations, or FLOPS, in a single second. It's nearly twice as fast as the second most powerful supercomputer in the world, the Titan Cray XK7 which the US energy department owns.


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