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    China boasts world's fastest supercomputer


    BEIJING (AFP) China is set to trump the US to take the number one spot for the fastest supercomputer ever made in a survey of the world's zippiest machines, it was reported Thursday.

    Tianhe-1, meaning Milky Way, has a sustained computing speed of 2,507 trillion calculations per second, making it the fastest computer in China on a list published Thursday.

    But it is also 1.4 times faster that the world's current fastest ranked supercomputer in the US, housed at a national laboratory in Tennessee, according to the New York Times.

    Tianhe-1 does its warp-speed "thinking" at the National Center for Supercomputing in the northern port city of Tianjin -- using mostly chips designed by US companies.

    The Tianjin Meteorological Bureau and the National Offshore Oil Corporation data centre have both started trials using the computer.

    "It can also serve the animation industry and bio-medical research," Liu Guangming, the supercomputing centre's director, told state news agency Xinhua.

    According to Jack Dongarra, a University of Tennessee computer scientist who maintains the official supercomputer rankings which are due to be released next week, the Chinese beast "blows away the existing number one machine".

    "We don't close the books until November 1, but I would say it is unlikely we will see a system that is faster," he told the New York Times.

    It is not the first time, however, that the US has had its digital crown stolen by an Asian upstart. In 2002, Japan made a machine with more power than the top 20 American computers put together.

    Japan is also working on a new machine called "K Computer" in a bid to take the supercomputing crown.

    Computer designer Steven J. Wallach is not overly worried by China's rise to computing superpower.

    "It's interesting, but it's like getting to the four-minute mile," he told the New York Times. "The world didn't stop. This is just a snapshot in time.

    "They want to show they are number one in the world, no matter what it is."
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    I'll bet you it runs on Linux.
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    2,507 trillion calculations per second
    I wonder what exactly this computer is calculating?

    Just by looking at the picture, it looks like a bunch of computers all connected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkcide666 View Post
    I'll bet you it runs on Linux.
    I'll bet you it doesn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stomp_442 View Post
    I wonder what exactly this computer is calculating?

    Just by looking at the picture, it looks like a bunch of computers all connected.
    Being China it's probably a gold farming supercomputer. All supercomputers are essentially a bunch of linked computers I believe.

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    I'll bet you it doesn't.
    It seems like all supercomputers run Linux, some Linux hybrid, or some Unix derivative. It doesn't mention OS so I'm just guessing.
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    havnt they heard of heath and saftey all those wires running across the floor is asking for trouble lol
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    I bet if you look close, it says "Made in Japan" on the side.
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    [QUOTE=Stomp_442;447877]I wonder what exactly this computer is calculating?

    I guess they are looking for oil... Deep water oil... The seismic diagrams for this kind of operation needs a lot of calculation power...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkcide666 View Post

    It seems like all supercomputers run Linux, some Linux hybrid, or some Unix derivative. It doesn't mention OS so I'm just guessing.
    Nah, it's running Windows Vista....ppfft! Right...

    Obviously it's running some sort of UNIX system. No OS commercially available has the necessary speed and power to pair with such a computer.

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