“A new Chinese supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight, captured the number one spot on the latest TOP500 list of supercomputers released on Monday morning at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) being held in Frankfurt, Germany. With a Linpack mark of 93 petaflops, the system outperforms the former TOP500 champ, Tianhe-2, by a factor of three. The machine is powered by a new ShenWei processor and custom interconnect, both of which were developed locally, ending any remaining speculation that China would have to rely on Western technology to compete effectively in the upper echelons of supercomputing.”
See China Tops Supercomputer Rankings with New 93-Petaflop MachineAt least for the time being China is the leader in HPC (High Performance Computing) with RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing) getting 6PFLOPS/W. The other systems near the top run about 2 PFLOPS/W using CISC (Complex Instruction Set Computing) machines. That’s a rather unfair comparison, specialized HPC cores versus general purpose cores, but it definitely shows RISC is in the game and China is able to innovate in IT. It’s not just about exchange rates or trade deals. It’s about people working for a living. Eat your heart out, Trump. While USA has led the field for decades, China has caught up, and shouting won’t fix that.
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My MissionMy observations and opinions about IT are based on 40 years of use in science and technology and lately, in education. I like IT that is fast, cost-effective and reliable. My first use of GNU/Linux in 2001 was so remarkably better than what I had been using, I feel it is important work to share GNU/Linux with the world. Now that I'm retired I still use GNU/Linux on every computer in my home except the smartphones which run Android/Linux.
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