In Summary
  • Some 202 of the world's fastest supercomputers are in China — compared with 143 in the US — according to Top500.
  • Six months ago the US had the most supercomputers, leading with 169 systems while China had 160.
  • China has not only overtaken the US in sheer numbers, but also in aggregate performance. Two of the fastest machines are in China.

BEIJING

China now has more high-performance supercomputers than ever before, again besting the United States in global rankings, a supercomputer tracking organisation said.

The standing corresponds with China's growing reputation as the global leader in supercomputers, as the Asian power prepares to launch in June 2018 a prototype exascale computing machine — a "super supercomputer".

SUPERCOMPUTERS

Some 202 of the world's fastest supercomputers are in China — compared with 143 in the US — according to Top500, a site that has tracked supercomputer development for more than two decades.

The list, produced twice a year, rates supercomputers based on speed in a benchmark test by experts from Germany and the US.

"It is the largest number of supercomputers China has ever claimed on the Top500 ranking," the survey said on Monday, "with the US presence shrinking to its lowest level since the list's inception."

Supercomputers are vital tools for advanced scientific work because of their ability to perform rapid calculations for everything from weather forecasts to missile development.

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