Japan puts China in the supercomputing back seat and, unlike China, Japan didn’t have to steal the technology to do it.
Japan’s K Computer, which can crunch more than 8 quadrillion calculations per second, is the top supercomputer, according to the Top 500 list of high-performance systems.
The K Computer, housed at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Kobe, puts Japan back in the top spot for the first time since Nov. 2004.
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Japan’s K Computer bumped the previous top dog—China’s Tianhe-1A supercomputer. The K Computer is built by Fujitsu and has 548,352 cores, or 68,544 SPARC64 VIIIfx CPUs with eight cores each. It’s also notable that the K Computer doesn’t use graphics processors or accelerators.
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The Japanese K computer is quite impressive, massively large, and it looks like it sucks an enormous amount of electricity. All that computing power and they still can’t accurately predict the weather.
/gee, I sure hope it doesn’t run Windows
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