China’s Tianhe-2 has been named as the world ‘s fastest computer for the third year in a row at the International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany.

In its semi-annual list of the world’s fastest supercomputers, the Top500 organization has ranked China’s Tianhe-2 as the fastest supercomputer in the world in a list which is almost identical to the one released 6 months ago.

The only newcomer to the list is a Cray supercomputer that has been installed at an “undisclosed U.S. government site,” according to the organization.

Of the 500 systems on the list, 37 offer performances above the 1 petaflops range and 85 percent of them are running multicore Intel processors. Additinally, 36 percent are built by HP, 33 percent by IBM while Cray builds 10 percent, the report said.

The Tianhe-2 is installed at the National University of Defense Technology. Its speed, according to the organization’s benchmark, is 33.86 petaflop/second – nearly twice the speed of the second-fasted computer, a Cray supercomputer installed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

In an official press release on their website, the Top500 organization stated –

Although the United States remains the top country in terms of overall systems with 233, this is down from 265 on the November 2013 list. The number of Chinese systems on the list rose from 63 to 76, giving the Asian nation nearly as many supercomputers as the UK, with 30; France, with 27; and Germany, with 23; combined. Japan also increased its showing, up to 30 from 28 on the previous list.

The TOP500 list is compiled by Erich Strohmaier and Horst Simon of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and Martin Meuer of Prometeus, Germany.

Visit the Official Top500 Website to check out the entire list and other useful details.

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