Tianhe-1A marks rapid growth of China's science and technology

16:52, November 18, 2010      

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A staff worker checks the operation of Tianhe-1A at the National Supercomputing Center (NSCC) in Tianjin, north China, Nov. 17, 2010. A press conference for Tianhe-1A ranking as the world's fastest supercomputer was held at the National Supercomputing Center (NSCC) in Tianjin on Wednesday. Tianhe-1A, which can perform 2.57 quadrillion computing operations per second, topped the 36th edition of the World Top 500 Supercomputers list, the first time a Chinese supercomputer has taken the honor. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)

China's Tianhe-1A supercomputer has taken top spot among the world's top 500 supercomputers. This is an important mark mirroring the rapid growth of China's science and technology, which has drawn concerns worldwide.

The Tianhe-1A computing system, developed by China's National University of Defense Technology, ranked first in the TOP500 list of the world's most powerful computers, rewriting the history of the list since it was established in 1993.

Among the top 500 computers in the list officially unveiled on Tuesday by U.S. and European researchers, 41 are from China, 20 more than one year ago, while the United States has 275 in the list, France, Germany and Japan each has 26, Britain 24 and Russia 11.

In addition, China also has two systems in the top 10, of which seven achieved performance at or above one petaflop/s.

The list is compiled by Hans Meuer of the University of Mannheim, Germany, Erich Strohmaier and Horst Simon of National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

It is a significant achievement for China, given the fierce competition around the world in supercomputer development, which is a fundamental tool for a nation's scientific research in various areas, such as geology,meteorology, oil exploration and the aviation, automobile and chemistry industries.

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