As the world seems to rapidly approach the possibility of Skynet from Terminator, there’s now more evidence that this is in our near future. The Sunway TaihuLight is a Chinese supercomputer that has been officially declared the world’s most powerful supercomputer according to Top500.org, a preeminent supercomputer statistics website.
The center responsible for the creation of the computer is the National Supercomputing Center located in Wuxi, a tech hub just outside Shanghai. The Center director, Dr. Guangwen Yang, told Top500 a bit about why the Sunway TaihuLight is a uniquely important advancement in computing.
“As the first number one system of China that is completely based on homegrown processors, the Sunway TaihuLight system demonstrates the significant progress that China has made in the domain of designing and manufacturing large-scale computation systems.”
To give you an idea of just how powerful this thing is, the average high-end PC may have around 120-180 processors. That is a powerful machine, but this Chinese supercomputer has four core groups, with 64 processors each and has a total of 260 processor cores and 41,000 chips. That totals to about 10.65 million cores. In layman’s terms, this thing really puts the “super” in supercomputer.
Someone tell this thing to divide by zero before it’s too late.