Closer Look: China’s Tianhe No. 1 Supercomputer

One of China’s fastest supercomputers recently went into operation at the national Changsha supercomputer center in Hunan. Named Tianhe No.1, this supercomputer can perform 1.1 petaflops per second and will be assisting scientists and researchers in areas such as weather forecasting, auto manufacturing, and medical research. The performance of the supercomputer will be increased to 3 petaflops by the end of this year. The Chinese now have 61 supercomputers on the world’s Top 500 list. (See DCK coverage of the New Top 500 Champ and the Top 10 Supercomputers, Illustrated.)

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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