Taiwan’s fastest supercomputer goes online

Taiwania 2 is the island’s fastest supercomputer.

Taiwan’s new and fastest supercomputer, Taiwania 2 is also the world’s 20th fastest and 10th most energy efficient.  Made in Taiwan, it will be used by the academic and research communities at the Taiwan Computing Cloud.Packed with 2,016 NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPUs, the supercomputer can deliver nine petaflops of computing power to support high performance computing and AI workloads at scale. Its processing power will be a boon for Taiwanese research projects demanding speedups for tasks such as pathogen identification and disease diagnosis. A week’s worth of computation can be completed in as little as five hours.

“Taiwanese companies are now valuing up their products and services to secure the competitiveness in the global market and AI is the key driving force. We are now witnessing a new wave of revolution that adopts AI solutions to open up new business possibilities,” said Liang-Gee Chen, Minister of Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology.

Sixty times faster than its predecessor, Taiwania 2 is the result of an AI initiative launched by Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology, Asustek Computer, Quanta Computer, Taiwan Fixed Network, and NVIDIA in 2018.

The massive supercomputer, which took seven months to complete, will be used initially to support government-led projects such as national territory modeling from the Ministry of the Interior, cultural heritage reconstruction from the Ministry of Culture, natural disaster prevention and control from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and precision medicine from the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Industrial applications such as healthcare, smart cities, smart manufacturing, and fintech are in the pipeline.