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China Bumps US Out of First Place For Fastest Supercomptuer 125

Posted by samzenpus
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An anonymous reader writes "China's Tianhe-2 is the world's fastest supercomputer, according to the latest semiannual Top 500 list of the 500 most powerful computer systems in the world. Developed by China's National University of Defense Technology, the system appeared two years ahead of schedule and will be deployed at the National Supercomputer Center in Guangzho, China, before the end of the year."
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China Bumps US Out of First Place For Fastest Supercomptuer

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 17, 2013 @02:54PM (#44032377)

    Quickly before they sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids!

    • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

      What does it feel like when you look over to the next stall and realise the guy's dick is a few millimetres longer than yours?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Someone bumped up their schedule to put some pressure on the US. These machines, in the US and China and other nations, typically perform one news-worthy article of empathy-worthy "Science!" like modeling the beating of a human heart (awww) or predicting climate change, then spend the rest of their lives breaking codes for the national spy agencies. Several of the top computers, like Kraken, Jaguar, and Titan, were/are NSA cryptography machines.

    There's never enough computing power for the amount of encryp

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      rest of their lives breaking codes for the national spy agencies. Several of the top computers, like Kraken, Jaguar, and Titan, were/are NSA cryptography machines.

      The NSA has their own computers, why would they need to use the rather publicly known ones, and compete with other users for time? Do you assume those computers only do one piece of science because you only read about it in the news/PR, or did you actually bother to look at the research papers and groups using these computers on a daily basis? I know people on research groups that use those computers. What they have to sometimes compete with is not the NSA, but nuclear stewardship programs. Other than t

  • I love being pounded by not one, but two autoplaying video streams that evade my Adblock Plus. Doesn't help that the rest of the site is a nightmare to look at. At least present us with a site with far less elements to deal with.

  • Have the Chinese done anything of interest with their supercomputers yet?

    • by the gnat (153162)

      Have the Chinese done anything of interest with their supercomputers yet?

      Not in the area of biology/biochemistry, as far as I know. Basically all of the high-performance codes used for that purpose are written in the usual handful of countries (US/EU/Japan) and/or work just as well on distributed systems, and all of the really cutting-edge work I've seen has been done in the same countries. The big advantage that the Chinese have is cheaper labor (although getting steadily less so) and large amounts of mo

    • by unixisc (2429386)
      Probably for simulating nukes and other such military applications, so that after their economic dominance of the world is complete, they can militarily start to do what Japan did in the 1930s & 40s. No better time than now, when their cash is at a peak
    • by jeffmeden (135043)

      "Of interest"??? How about boosting the stock price of Intel significantly...

      "Tianhe-2 (also known as the Milky Way-2) consists of 16 000 nodes. Inside each node, two Intel Xeon IvyBridge processors and three Xeon Phi processors run the show, adding up to a total of 3.12 million computing cores."

      As many cores as 800,000 desktops (a rough comparison but eh) should keep them happy considering everyone is buying (non-Intel) tablets these days.

  • by PastTense (150947) on Monday June 17, 2013 @03:14PM (#44032575)

    It's interesting to browse this website:
    http://www.top500.org/ [top500.org]
    And look at the Statistics section, such as Operating System Family
    http://www.top500.org/statistics/list/ [top500.org]
    Operating system Familyâf Countâf System Share (%)âf Rmax (GFlops)âf Rpeak (GFlops)âf Coresâf
    Linux 476 95.2 217,913,963 318,748,391 18,700,112
    Unix 16 3.2 3,949,373 4,923,380 181,120
    Mixed 4 0.8 1,184,521 1,420,492 417,792
    Windows 3 0.6 465,600 628,129 46,092
    BSD Based 1 0.2 122,400 131,072 1,280

  • Coincidence? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Steve_Ussler (2941703) on Monday June 17, 2013 @03:21PM (#44032667)
    China Bumps US Out of First Place For Fastest Supercomptuer. Posted samzenpus on Monday June 17, 2013 @02:42PM 20 minutes after: Book Review: The Chinese Information War Posted by samzenpus on Monday June 17, 2013 @02:22PM You do the math....
  • by jeffmeden (135043) on Monday June 17, 2013 @03:26PM (#44032721) Homepage Journal

    "China Bumps US Out of First Place For Fastest Supercomptuer"

    Fastest supercomputer, that 1) Runs Linpack and 2) is publicly-acknowledged. There are plenty of similar supercomputers that don't meet one or both of those criteria, and are therefore omitted. The Top500 is FAR from a comprehensive list of supercomputers, but twice a year we see a flurry of stories presuming that it is.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Yeah, the NSA surely has a better one. Which starts to analyse this post in just ten seconds.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    That's almost enough to run Vista

  • That is amazing. And 2 years ahead of schedule! The Chinese are at the absolute forefront of technological innovation this decade.

  • China Bumps US Out of First Place For Fastest Supercomptuer

    Well, China would have it easy when the article submitter misspells COMPUTER...

    • by NoMaster (142776)

      But that's how it was spelled on the front of the "Instruction Manuel"...

    • No, in french "tuer" means "kill" I think they are talking about a super machine for killing people
    • China Bumps US Out of First Place For Fastest Supercomptuer

      Well, China would have it easy when the article submitter misspells COMPUTER...

      WRONG! In french "tuer" means "kill". So I assume they are talking about a new machine for killing people

  • Like the subject says - is this something the Chinese government might be able to use to break TOR or SSL or any other encryption which is commonly used by political dissidents, freedom fighters, or even foreign military contractors etc.?

    I'm curious e.g. how long it would take to break a standard 128-bit SSL session that they find potentially interesting?

  • It's spelled Guangzhou, and Tianhe also happens to be name to one of the central districts in the city, though I'm not sure if the computer is actually located in that district.
  • If you're going to write about China, at least get your pinyin right.

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