With 3.1 million Intel Core processors, 1.4 petabytes of RAM and the capacity to perform 33,860 trillion calculations per second, Chinese scientists have created the world’s fastest supercomputer, The Guardian reports.
Funded by the 863 High Technology Program, the computer cost more than a billion yuan and will be deployed at the National Supercomputer Centre in Guangzhou, where it will be used by researchers from across southern China.
Tianhe-2 is just another example of China’s presence in global science and innovation. In 2012, China’s total R&D expenditure exceeded 1 trillion yuan, with the spending increasing year by year. China also accounts for 13% of the world’s scientific papers.
Supercomputing is one of numerous sectors in which foreign technologies are being adapted and improved upon in China, alongside other examples like the high-speed rail network, advanced nuclear reactors and space crafts.