Xinhua recently reported that the TOP500 Organization, headquartered in Germany, ranked the new Chinese supercomputer Sunway TaihuLight the fastest in the world. The number two supercomputer is also Chinese, named MilkyWay-2. This is the first time China has more supercomputers (167) on the list than the United States (165). This is also the first time China made a supercomputer that uses all domestically designed and manufactured processors. Previous Chinese supercomputers all used U.S.-made key processors. The Sunway TaihuLight is two times faster and three times more efficient than the MilkyWay-2. The new supercomputer is deployed in the Wuxi Supercomputing Center in Jiangsu Province. Also among the top 10 supercomputers, four are from the United State. Japan, Switzerland, Germany and Saudi Aribia each have one. Supercomputers are playing a more and more important role in the fields of energy, medicine, airplane manufacturing, automobile and entertainment.
Source: Xinhua, June 20, 2016