University develops world's fastest supercomputer

A Chinese university has built the world's fastest supercomputer, almost doubling the speed of the United States machine that previously claimed the top spot and underlining China's rise as a science and technology powerhouse, reports Sapa-AP.

The semi-annual TOP500 listing of the world's fastest supercomputers released last Monday says the Tianhe-2 developed by the National University of Defence Technology in central China's Changsha city is capable of sustained computing of 33.86 petaflops per second. That's the equivalent of 33,860 trillion calculations per second. The Tianhe-2, which means Milky Way-2, knocks the US Energy Department's Titan machine off the number one spot. It achieved 17.59 petaflops per second.

The Tianhe-2 shows how China is leveraging rapid economic growth and sharp increases in research spending to join the United States, Europe and Japan in the global technology elite.
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