Fujitsu K is now the world’s fastest supercomputer

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Supercomputers always compete for the fastest title. The title of world’s fastest supercomputer was held by the China’s Tianhe-1A, which has now been defeated, down to the runner-up position by the newly announced world’s fastest – the Fujitsu K Supercomputer.

The goal of the Fujitsu K Supercomputer is actually to reach a whopping of 10 petaflops by the year of 2012. Although it currently has not reached that threshold yet but its power is more than the next five supercomputers combined.

It requires electricity sufficient to power 10,000 homes for a full year and is capable of pumping out at 8.2 quadrillion calculations per second, a speed that is three times faster than the Tianhe-1A’s.

The Fujitsu K Supercomputer is the first time a Japanese supercomputer that tops the Top500.org’s rankings since 2004. It packs a massive, 68,544 CPUs and records a world’s top performance at 8.162 petaflops. But they won’t stop there, they will always strive to add more “cores” to this supercomputer to make it to always stay at the top. The next aim is to add about 100,000 cores to the K.

via engadget

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