46th edition of the Biannual Top500 list of supercomputers has crowned the China’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer as the world’s most powerful system for the sixth consecutive time. It has held the title since June 2013.
- Tianhe-2 or Milky Way 2 is capable of performing 33.86 quadrillion calculations in one second, which is almost twice the speed of the second most powerful supercomputer on the list – the US energy department’s Titan
- Tianhe-2 was developed by China’s National University of Defence Technology and deployed at the National Supercomputer Center in Guangzhou.
Top 10 Supercomputers
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HP leads the list with 156 systems
Cray with 69 systems
Sugon with 49 systems
IBM with 45 systems
Lenovo has 25 systems
The Top500 list is considered one of the most authoritative rankings of the world’s supercomputers. It is compiled on the basis of the machine’s performance on the Linpack benchmark by experts from the US and Germany.
Supercomputers are developed to perform complex simulations or applications to help scientific research in a wide range of industries such as predicting weather forecasts to making drug discoveries and DNA sequencing.
- They were introduced in the 1960s.