China Says New Supercomputer Outperforms Previous World No1


China has unveiled a new home-developed supercomputing system that it says is many times more powerful than a previous version that was a world leader for three years.

State news agency Xinhua said the supercomputing system called ‘Tianhe Xingyi’, was shown off by the National Supercomputing Center in Guangzhou, at an industry event in the capital of southern China’s Guangdong Province, Xinhua said.

Xinhua did not give more details on the new system’s computing power. But the report cited Lu Yutong, director of the centre, as saying that the new computer used domestically designed architecture and has outperformed Tianhe-2, one of China’s fastest supercomputers, in capacities such as CPU computing power, networking, storage, and applications.


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Tianhe-2 is being developed by the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) and is hosted at the National Supercomputing Center in Guangzhou.

Tianhe-2 topped a list of the world’s 500 fastest systems for three consecutive years from 2013 but dropped out of the top position in 2016, the year after the US government placed the NUDT on a blacklist that eliminated the university’s access to the Intel processors it uses in its supercomputers.

Other prominent Chinese supercomputing systems include Sunway TaihuLight, developed by the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, which ranked seventh on the June 2023 list while Tianhe-2 placed tenth.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara


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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.

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