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China rocks Top 500 supercomputer list

A new supercomputer installation in China has rocketed to the top of the twice-annual ranking of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.

In the latest ranking, released Sunday, the Tianjin National Supercomputer Center’s Tianhe-1A system benchmarked a performance of 2.67 petaflops (quadrillion floating-point calculations per second), surpassing the former top achiever, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility’s Cray XT5 Jaguar system, which clocked in at 1.75 petaflops in this round…

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