Asia Briefing: Chinese supercomputer twice as fast as nearest rival

China is easily dismissed as a laggard when it comes to innovation, but now a university in central China has come up with the world’s fastest supercomputer, which is more than twice as fast as its nearest rival.

 In the world of the supercomputer, it’s all about the petaflops, and the Tianhe-2 is capable of sustained computing of 33.86 petaflops per second, which is the same as 33,860 trillion calculations per second, according to the semi-annual TOP500 listing of the world’s fastest supercomputers by a group of 500 experts.

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