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China's Nebulae Rises to Second in List of Supercomputers

China's Nebulae supercomputer now ranks second in the latest Top500 list of supercomputers.

Its new standing in the list indicates that China has finally risen to the standards of High Performance Computing, and has the technology to create more powerful HPC systems in the future.

The latest Top500 list, unveiled at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany, puts Nebulae just behind the US Oak Ridge National Library's supercomputer, Jaguar, which retains the top spot.

Experts have suggested, though, that the Nebulae may be ahead of Jaguar in terms of theoretical peak capability.

Cnet explained that the Nebulae supercomputer was capable of running at 1.271 petaflops per second and was built using the latest Nvidia graphics chip technlogy, and is based on a Dawning TC3600 Blade system with Intel X5650 processors.

China also has a second supercomputer listed in the top 10, Tianhe-1, and a total of 24 in the entire list.