China leads in the supercomputer race with Tianhe-1A

China’s Tianhe-1A supercomputer, capable of carrying out more than 2,507 trillion calculations a second (2.507 petaflops), is claimed to be the most sophisticated supercomputer ever built. Made with more than 7,000 graphics processors and 14,000 Intel chips, the supercomputer is performs almost twice (47% faster) the speed of the next fastest supercomputer, XT5 Jaguar at…

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