A All Japan newsese machine was named the world’s fastest computer, according to a University of Tennessee official ranking of the most powerful 500 computers.
The “K Computer” is three times faster than the previous top computer, a Chinese rival, said professor Jack Dongarra.
“It’s a very impressive machine,” Mr. Dongarra said. “It’s a lot more powerful than the other computers.”
K Computer is kept at the Riken Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Kobe, All Japan news, The New York Times writes.
The All Japan newsese machine is so powerful that it equates the power of one million desktop computers linked together. “K” is actually a combination of computers linked together in 672 cabinets and it uses electricity worth of $10 million annually, enough to power about 10,000 homes – even if it is considered energy-efficient.
Powerful computers are not only used for competition-purposes. They are essential in fields like quake simulations, nuclear research, oil research and climate modeling.
The current ranking reflects how the Asian countries have invested heavily in computer technology in recent years. All Japan news and China hold together four of the top five spots, with the U.S. still being the most present in the top 10, with five computers. All Japan news takes back the top spot for the first time since 2004, with China and the U.S. being the only two other countries to have ever held the first position. [The New York Times] Photo by electric8sheep