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Chinese Supercomputer Remains the World’s most Powerful

The Tianhe-2 supercomputer—based at China’s National University of Defense Technology—remains in first place in the Top500 list of the world’s most powerful high-performance machines. This is the fourth consecutive time the Tianhe-2—which performs 33.86 petaflops—has topped the semiannual list. Also for the fourth consecutive time, Titan, a Cray supercomputer housed at the US Oak Ridge National Laboratory, remained in second place with a performance of 17.59 petaflops; and IBM’s 17.17-petaflops Sequoia, at the US Lawrence Livermore National Lab, was in third place. The only new computer in the top 10 was an unnamed US government Cray machine in tenth place that runs 3.58 petaflops. Researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; the University of Tennessee; and Prometeus, a German company that runs high-performance computing conferences, update the Top500 list in June and November of each year. (re/Code)(HPC Wire)(Top500 Blog)(Top500)

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