The Sunway TaihuLight is currently the world’s fastest supercomputer. How fast? 93 quadrillion calculations per second fast.
I know, it is insane. This supercomputer has 10,649,600 CPU cores, essentially inside 40,960 Chinese-designed SW26010 manycore 64-bit RISC processors based on the ShenWei architecture. In fact, all of the TaihuLight is made in China - no western imported components at all.
All in all, this much silicon results in a whopping 93 petaflops of computing, making it the fastest supercomputer on the planet. To compare, the PlayStation 4’s GPU has a merger 1.84 teraflops (or 0.00184 petaflops) of peak computing performance.
The TaihuLight was designed and created by the Chinese National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering & Technology. It is currently installed at the National Supercomputing Centre in Wuxi, China. Although it’s such a powerful supercomputer, it still has a fairly low power consumption at 15.37 MW at peak usage. Yes, 15.37 MW is also enough to power a small village, but then again, when you are running over 10 million cores, so there isn’t much to complain.
What will this be used for? I personally do not know, but historically, supercomputers have been used for weather predictions (by crunching thousands of years of weather data) and space exploration, where mathematical equations are physically unsolvable. Perhaps there is something big planned for the fastest supercomputer!
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