The Nebulae system at the National Supercomputer Centre in Shenzhen in southern China has been ranked the world’s second-fastest machine in a list issued by U.S. and European researchers, highlighting China’s ambitions to become a global technology center.
Nebulae, only behind the U.S. Department of Energy’s Jaguar, is capable of sustained computing of 1.271 petaflops or 1,271 trillion calculations per second, according to TOP500, a semiannual list compiled by Hans Meuer of the University of Mannheim, Germany; Erich Strohmaier and Horst Simon of NERSC/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
China has risen to No. 2 overall on the TOP500, having 24 of the 500 systems on the list and 9.2 percent of global supercomputing capacity, up from having only 21 systems on the list six months ago.
Source: China News Service, June 1, 2010