Tianhe-2, the fastest supercomputer

Development of a Chinese supercomputer, reported to be fastest in the world, will have far-reaching ramifications in the cyber world and is sure to break the U.S. monopoly in the field of strategic technology.

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According to a survey results announced on Monday, Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, achieved processing speeds of 33.86 petaflops (1000 trillion calculations) per second on a benchmarking test. It earned the supercomputer the number one spot in the Top 500 survey of supercomputers, agency reports said.

The tests show the machine is by far the fastest computer ever constructed. Its main rival, the U.S.-designed Titan, had achieved a performance of 17.59 petaflops per second, the survey said. Five of the world’s 10 fastest computers are installed in the U.S., the survey said, with the two in China, two in Germany and one in Japan.

Responding to reports of Chinese supercomputer, the former chief of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), V.K. Saraswat described it as “a big breakthrough.” He said it would greatly augment the Chinese capabilities in the field of “very advanced cyber systems development.”

Talking to The Hindu, Dr. Saraswat said China had mounted efforts to develop such a machine long ago with the help of IT companies there and achieving such high speed in a supercomputer would boost its capabilities in both scientific and defence fields. It would not be easy for the rest of the world to get to share such highly advanced computing technology from China. “Generally, such supercomputers are meant for use in defence and scientific areas and are not commercially available. China is likely to use it for both offence and defensive purposes,” he added.

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