China Takes Top Supercomputer Honors

The International Supercomputing Conference, held in Leipzig German, announce the number one supercomputer today. The Chinese system named Tianhe-2 easily walked away with the honors by almost doubling the computation capability of the previous leader.

The Tianhe-2, which has been developed by China's National University of Defense Technology, waltzed into the number one position with a performance of 33.86 petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per second) of processing power. This came as a bit of a surprise as the Tianhe-2 is two years ahead of schedule and will be deployed at the Supercomputer Center in Guangzho, China by the end of the year.

The Tiahne-2 contains 16,000 nodes, each containing two Intel Xeon IvyBridge processors and three Xeon Phi processors for a total of 3,120,000 computing cores.

By comparison, the previous leader of the pack, The Titan, a Cray XK7 system installed at the U.S Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory comes in at 17.59 petaflops on the Linpack benchmark.

This marks China's first return to the number one position since November of 2010 when the Tianhe-1 took the top spot on the list.