The Sunway TaihuLigh is the world fastest Supercomputer and was developed by the Chinese. Although, the Tianhe-2, is the previous world fastest Supercomputer which also is credited to China. Unlike the Tianhe-2, the Chinese was able to design all the components of the Sunway TaihuLigh without any foreign input.
Performance and Speed.
According to reports, the Sunway TaihuLight has an estimated peak performance of over 1,000 quadrillion calculations per second. When asked to compare its speed. Yang Guangwen, China’s National Supercomputing Center head said. “It would take two million desktop computers working simultaneously for sixty seconds to perform the same calculation the Supercomputer can solve at the same time. Or an estimated number of 7.2 billion people punching the calculator for 32 years”.
Developers of the Supercomputer
The Sunway TaihuLigh was developed by the National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering & Technology. It’s located at the National Supercomputing Center in the city of Wuxi, Jiangsu province, China. In November 2016, the Sunway TaihuLigh was ranked world’s fastest Supercomputer.
Internal Structure of the Supercomputer
Most noteworthy, the Sunway TaihuLigh uses a total of 40,960 Chinese-designed SW26010 manycore. Also, it has a 64-bit RISC processors based on the Sunway architecture. Each processor chip contains 256 processing cores. Moreover, it includes an additional four auxiliary cores for system management. This makes the CPU cores across the entire system to a total of 10,649,600.
Above all, the processing cores feature a 64KB of scratchpad memory for data and 16KB for instructions. But most importantly, it communicate via a network on a chip, instead of having a traditional cache hierarchy.
The aim of the fastest Supercomputer is to achieve two goals.
Supercomputers are developed to achieve a lot in terms of infrastructural development and scientific research. Notwithstanding, the major aim of the Sunway TaihuLight is to achieve two major goals:
- To build a supercomputer program that will improve China’s scientific research capabilities.
- And also, to build an IT industry that is independent of the west.
What are the uses of Supercomputers
Supercomputers can be used for a variety of ways, which includes:
- Weather forecasting.
- Analyzing oilfields.
- Nuclear weapon design.
- Biological medicine.
- Computer animation.
- Oil exploration, and other specialized purposes.
According to the International Supercomputing Conference record, China has 167 of the world’s top 500 supercomputers.
Hence, China is making incredible advances in the development of Supercomputers. The other world’s Superpowers are so marveled on the feat achieved by the Asia nation. Though, many are of the opinions and questions regarding a machine with such a super capabilities. Asking that a computer with this advanced computing power will rival the human brain processing capabilities at the neural level. Consequently, the new Supercomputer would bring significant advancement in technology.
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