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[ST] - Japanese supercomputer becomes world's fastest(3x faster than Tianhe-1A)

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TOKYO - A JAPANESE machine has become the fastest supercomputer in the world, making calculations three times faster than a Chinese rival, its developers said on Monday.

The K Computer, developed by Fujitsu Ltd. and the state-funded Riken institute of physical and chemical research, has achieved 8.162 quadrillion calculations per second (petaflops), they said. One quadrillion is made up of a thousand trillions.

It overtook China's Tianhe-1A of the National Supercomputing Centre in Tianjin, which became the world number-one in November and is capable of operating at 2.6 petaflops.

The K Computer's performance was recognised by the authoritative biannual Top500 List of Supercomputers released on Monday at the 2011 International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany. Fujitsu and Riken said.

It was the first time since 2004 that a supercomputer built in Japan has claimed the top spot. NEC's Earth Simulator reigned supreme from June 2002 to November 2004.

The machine is still being configured and has been assembled since October 2010 at the Riken Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Kobe, western Japan. It is targeted to be completed by June 2012, the statement said. -- AFP

Was a really really short article so I just copied the whole thing. Impressive that it's not going to be completed until 2012 and still took the crown! biggrin.gif

Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/TechandScience/Story/STIStory_681920.html
Edited by Lampen - 6/20/11 at 4:48am
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In a month, it will be surpassed by the worlds fastest supercomputer...again biggrin.gif Dang that's fast though, let me borrow it for a week under my folding name.
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How would you ever count all of those calculations?
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The K computer's performance was measured using 68,544 SPARC64 VIIIfx CPUs each with eight cores, for a total of 548,352 cores, almost twice as many as any other system on the Top500 list. The computer is still under construction, and when it enters service in November 2012 will have more than 80,000 SPARC64 VIIIfx CPUs according to its manufacturer, Fujitsu.

Dang.... How much? SPARC64 are pretty expensive.
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Competition like this is what drives technology forwards.
    
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well thats all good but i'm sure the NSA has faster super secret computers
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why are people mentioning folding ... like its the only real use for 100+ thousand core supercomputer ...

it's just a folder's joke. Lighten up.
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But can it play Crysis?
I keed I keed.
What exactly do they plan to do with so much power?
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^ Cyber warfare, what else will mankind do with it?
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