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China continues to be the owner of the world’s most powerful supercomputer, easily surpassing the U.S. in what feels like a 21st century version of the Cold War space race. The newly ranked #1 Sunway TaihuLight was built and designed in China, using Chinese micro-processors and is capable of a whopping 93 petaflops on the LINPACK benchmark.

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Well this a bit frightening, in just a few short years they have made their own processors and apparently they are more powerful and power efficient than the best intel offerings. This is probably backlash for those failed imports of intel cpus to china to make a supercomputer, well we sure showed them. They made it themselves and it's still faster than our best.
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20x more cores for ~5x more performance. Not that much if you ask me.
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If it's fast and x86 I want to buy one.
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Can it run Crysis in software rendering mode? biggrin.gif
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Well this a bit frightening, in just a few short years they have made their own processors and apparently they are more powerful and power efficient than the best intel offerings. This is probably backlash for those failed imports of intel cpus to china to make a supercomputer, well we sure showed them. They made it themselves and it's still faster than our best.


Intel had a contract to sell them processors for this super computer, but the US government shot down the sale and forbade Intel from selling the processors for national security. It was a big item in the news 3 or so years ago.

Also, I don't believe it's faster or more efficient than what we could have. Intel has had little reason to break their cycle of bumping things incrementally year over year just enough to keep sales fresh. I'm sure they have the R&D for a product much superior than they are releasing to market--they just have no reason to release it yet.

But you know, whenever any country invests a ton of time and resources into a project when it's completed there must be plenty of chest thumping and pats on the back to justify / quantify the expense and effort. Statistics at their finest.
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and apparently they are more powerful and power efficient than the best intel offerings.

They threw 10 million cores at it. Core for core performance is not very comparable to modern intel CPU's.. but then again neither is core count and frequency.
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20x more cores for ~5x more performance. Not that much if you ask me.

Yes but the difference is efficiency, and not just raw power.
It takes a hell of a lot less power to run it, and if the research they are running on it is efficient enough to run on so more cores, it benefits it quite a bit.

So performance per watt they a head quite a bit, and overall performance as well.
This could mean a lot less money to run the whole setup, if the initial build and cost price is similar to what they could get on current normal standards.
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All of this massive computing power for what exactly, to hack more of our government computers? tongue.gif The largest portion of cyber attacks on US government systems is from China. I wish that those who utilize the supercomputers would publish the results of whatever test they run, much like CERN does with the LHC.
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Can it run Crysis in software rendering mode? biggrin.gif

damn you, i entered the thread just to make that comment...

next time ! tongue.gif
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The fact that they are using 3x the cores to get 3x the performance isn't the shocking part, it's that is uses LESS power than the number 2 spot that uses intel chips for 1/3 the performance.
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