China’s world’s fastest supercomputer built without US chips

TaihulightChina has continued its lead in the race for the world’s fastest supercomputer with the Sunway TaihuLight, whose Linpack mark of 93 petaflops outperforms the former TOP500 champ, Tianhe-2, by a factor of three.

What’s more remarkable is that the new powerhouse is driven by a new ShenWei processor and custom interconnect, both of which were developed in China. This breaks a traditional reliance on US supercomputing technologies.

 

Located at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, it will be used for research and engineering work in areas such as climate, weather and earth systems modeling, life science research, advanced manufacturing, and data analytics.