China's first petaflop supercomputer fully assembled

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The 13 computer cabinets containing the Tianhe-1, China's first domestically-made petaflop supercomputer, have been installed and it is scheduled to begin system debugging and testing in September, according to the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin.

Earlier this year, the first device of Tianhe-1, a computer system capable of reaching a peak performance of 1,000 trillion floating point operations per second, was put into operation at the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin.

The Tianhe-1 supercomputer system is now providing 24-hour remote network applications and running in good condition. After the petaflop computer system is completed, the calculation tasks will be transferred to the petaflop system. Currently, the number of users of the National Supercomputing Center in Beijing and Tianjin is gradually increasing.

With high-performance CPU chips, the system's overall processing power has increased substantially and its information security is receiving more technological guarantees.

The Tianhe-1 was successfully developed by the Changsha-based National University of Defense Technology in 2009, and China thus became the world's second country capable of developing petaflop supercomputers after the United States. It was ranked fifth on the list of the Top-500 supercomputers issued in November 2009.

One second of calculations conducted by Tianhe-1 is equivalent to 88 consecutive years of calculations by 1.3 billion people, and the data that the supercomputer can store is equivalent to the sum of the collections in four national libraries with 27 million books each.

The Tianhe-1 will mainly be used for animation rendering, biomedical research, aerospace equipment development, processing of resource exploration and satellite remote sensing data, data analysis for financial engineering, weather forecasts, new materials development and design and theoretical calculations in general science.

By Huang Beibei, People's Daily Online


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