Monday, June 20, 2016

China eclipses U.S. to become undisputed king of supercomputers

  @CNNTechJune 20, 2016: 5:39 AM ET

China is putting the U.S. firmly in the shade in the battle for supercomputer supremacy.

For the first time ever, China has taken the lead in the number of supercomputers on a closely watched list of the 500 fastest systems on the planet. It has 167, overtaking the U.S. at 165, according to the researchers who compile the ranking.
China has also strengthened its grip on the top of the list, with its machines taking both first and second place. And the new supercomputer that has leaped in at No. 1 -- known as Sunway TaihuLight -- is built completely on homegrown processors rather than drawing on U.S. chip technology.

The top spot had previously been held since 2013 by China's Tianhe-2, which was based on Intel(INTCTech30) processors.

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