China replaces US as builder of fastest supercomputer


28 Oct 2010

The fastest supercomputer said to have ever been built comes from the National University of Defense Technology, a research centre in China. The feat replaces the US as maker of the swiftest machine.

The Tianhe-1A has 1.4 times the horsepower of the current top computer, which sits in a laboratory in the state of Tennessee in the US, as measured by the standard test used to gauge how well the systems handle mathematical calculations, the New York Times reported.

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Jack Dongarra, a UT computer scientist who maintains the official supercomputer rankings, said Tianhe-1A “blows away the existing No 1 machine.”

“We don’t close the books until Nov 1, but I would say it is unlikely we will see a system that is faster,” he said.