BEIJING (AFP) - China has constructed the world’s fastest supercomputer utilizing regionally made microchips, a survey stated Monday, the primary time the nation has taken the highest spot with out utilizing US know-how.
The Sunway TaihuLight machine is twice as quick because the earlier primary, which was constructed in China with chips from US agency Intel, the Top500 survey of supercomputers stated on its web site www.top500.org.
China additionally has extra prime-ranked supercomputers than the US for the primary time because the survey started, with 167 in comparison with one hundred sixty five.
Situated at China’s nationwide supercomputer centre in the japanese metropolis of Wuxi, the Sunway TaihuLight will probably be used for local weather modelling and life science analysis.
Its efficiency ends "hypothesis that China must rely on Western know-how to compete successfully in the higher echelons of supercomputing," the survey’s web site stated.
The supercomputers on the Top500 listing, which is produced twice a yr, are rated based mostly on velocity in a benchmark check by specialists from Germany and the US.
Of the highest ten fastest computer systems, two are in China, with 4 in the US, the rating stated. Others are in Japan, Germany, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia.
China has poured cash into massive-ticket science and know-how tasks because it seeks to develop into a high-tech chief.
It plans to open the world’s largest radio telescope in southeastern China this yr, state-media reported.
However regardless of some good points the nation’s scientific output nonetheless lags behind, and its universities usually fare poorly in international rankings.