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New Chinese Supercomputer Poised to Take #1 Slot on TOP500

The New York Times reports that the Chinese are upping the ante significantly with a new supercomputer, which is predicted to take the #1 slot on the HPC TOP500 list when the latest version is announced at SC ’10 in New Orleans in a few weeks. Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Jaguar  system is ranked #1 on the current list, which was released in June.

The Chinese system, the Tianhe-1A, is rumored to thump Jaguar’s peak performance by an impressive 1.4X. The system apparently makes heavy use of nVidia GPUs, as described in this nVidia press release.

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