New Supercomputer Tops List

A supercomputer based in China has jumped ahead of its rivals to be identified as the most powerful system on the planet.

Tianhe-2, which was developed by the government-run National University of Defence Technology, led the way in the latest list of 500 supercomputers, by international researchers.

The list is published twice a year and overseen by Hans Meuer, professor of computer science at the University of Mannheim.

This latest offering coincided with the International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany.

The US comes in second and third, courtesy of Titan and Sequoia respectively, with K of Japan in fourth position.

According to the Linpack benchmark, Tianhe-2 operates at 33.86 petaflop/sec, which is the equivalent of 33,860 trillion calculations per second.

The benchmark measures real-world performance, although in theory the machine can boost that to a peak performance of 54.9 petaflop/sec.

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