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The Chinese supercomputer became the most powerful computing machine in the world

Chinese supercomputer Sunway TaihuLight recognized as the most powerful in the world according to the presented today, June 20, the international ranking TOP500. This rating is published every six months, and Chinese computing machine to lead it for quite some time. However, there are in the first hundred computers and several other countries, including Russia.

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In November 2015, when was published the previous edition of the ranking, the most powerful supercomputer was proclaimed by the Chinese Tianhe-2, whose name translates as milky way-2″. However, the new leader, and assembled in China, according to the authors of the rating, works two times faster and three times more efficient. Its computing speed is 93 petaflops: this means that the computer can perform 10 to 15 degrees of computational floating-point operations per second.

In addition to the Sunway TaihuLight and Tianhe-2, in the top ten was represented by four computers installed in the United States of America, and one from Japan, Switzerland, Germany and Saudi Arabia. Overall in the top 500 most powerful supercomputers from China and the US almost equally — 167 and 165, respectively, despite the fact that not so long ago China was presented much more modestly 10 years ago was only 28 Chinese machines.

Just as six months ago, the rankings are 7 Russian supercomputers, although the positions in this they are quite noticeably missing. The only Russian car in the first hundred — “Lomonosov-2”, established at MSU, the performance of which is equal to 1,849 petaflops. A year ago he was 41, and six months ago he — on 35 position in this ranked only 41st place. Also located in the Moscow state University supercomputer, Lomonosov, in turn, in the last rating was in the 78th, and last — place 94, was at position 108, “left” top-100. Among the other five Russian supercomputers two is 488 and 497 places, their chances in the current configuration to the rating of this kind tend to zero.

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