China's Tianhe-2 tops world supercomputers for fifth time

China's Tianhe-2 supercomputer was named the world's fastest for the fifth time today, outperforming those from the US.

China's Tianhe-2 tops world supercomputers for fifth time

Beijing: China's Tianhe-2 supercomputer was named the world's fastest for the fifth time today, outperforming those from the US.

Tianhe-2 has topped the world's fastest supercomputer at the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

It was the fifth time in a row that list since 2013, when it was unveiled.

The supercomputer was designed and made by Changsha-based National University of Defense Technology.

In November 2013 Tianhe-2 was relocated to the national supercomputing centre in Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province.

So far it has provided high performance computing and cloud computing services for almost 400 clients at home and abroad.

It has been used to aid gene analysis, development of new drugs, the aerodynamic numerical calculation of large aircraft and high-speed trains, among others, the report said.

Chinese tech company Dawning Information Industry has begun developing a new generation supercomputer that is capable of over a hundred thousand trillion computing operations per second, Li Jun, the company's president said.

Titan, a previous world champ running at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, US, held on for second. Sequoia, a machine at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California and also a previous number one, came in third.

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