Published November 14, 2017

China Tops Global Supercomputer Rankings For 2017

By Johnny Roast Beef

China is far ahead of the peloton in the global cyberspace race, boasting a whopping 202 high performance computers, according to a recent Top500 survey. The US placed second with 143, the fewest since the study began 25 years ago. 


In fact, the US' number of super computers decreased by 26 since the last survey (when it was actually leading China 169 to 160) while China tacked on a whopping 42 high-powered machines. Japan came in at 3rd place with 35 computers, trailed by Germany with 20, France with 18 and the UK with 18. 


The Sunway Taihulight in Wuxi, came in at first place for the fourth year running, with a High Performance Linpack (HPL) mark of 93.01 petaflops. Though is only the second time the system has employed China-made chips since it graduated from the Silicon Valley parts in 2016. 


Per Top500, "Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2), a system developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) and deployed at the National Supercomputer Center in Guangzho, China, is still the number two system at 33.86 petaflops."


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