‘Tianhe-2’ the world’s first 100 petaFLOPS supercomputer to be launched by China soon
Reaching at the pinnacle of the record of the World’s fastest supercomputers is a Chinese system called Tianhe-2. Debuted in 2013, this supercomputer is the creation of China’s NUDT (National University for Defense Technology.)
Features- The Tianhe-2 (which translates to ‘Milky Way’) bunches a boggling array of processing hardware, namely 32,000 Intel Xeon E5-2692 v2 processors and 48,000 Intel Xeon Phi 31S1P co-processors that enable it to currently perform at a hugely capable 54.9 petaFLOPS. Floating point operations per second (FLOPS) is the definitive benchmark of processing prowess. For comparison, a single new Apple Mac Pro offers up to 7 teraFLOPS of performance, which means an army of about 7,843 of these computers would be required to rival this supercomputer. The amazing supercomputer is still a work in progress.
The US State Department–in a bid to slow down the rapid development of this supercomputer–blocked further sales of Intel Xeon and Xeon Phi processors to Chinese institutions probably a year ago. According to a report from technology website VRWorld earlier this year, over $500 million–the budget originally associated with the purchase of the new processors–has been utilized in the homegrown development of Alpha and ARM processors.
With all new processors, the crest power of this supercomputer is expected to violate the indefinable 100 petaFLOPS mark, even touching an impossible 200-300 petaFLOPS, assuming the building it is located within can support the massively increased thermal and power challenges.