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China Unveils World's Fastest Super-computer

China is on the verge of unveiling the world's fastest supercomputer capable of delivering a performance of 2.5 petaflops.

The Tianhe-1A supercomputer, which is located in the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin, is powered by 7,168 Nvidia Tesla M2050 GPUs (graphics processing units) and 14,336 six-core Intel Xeon CPUs.

Nvidia announced in a press release that the supercomputer was the fastest in China, and the world, and had been designed and built by the National University of Defense Technology of China.

Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA, said in a statement: “GPUs are redefining high performance computing. With the Tianhe-1A, GPUs now power two of the top three fastest computers in the world today. These GPU supercomputers are essential tools for scientists looking to turbocharge their rate of discovery.”

The fastest supercomputer in the world, before Tianhe-1A came along, was the Jaguar system at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory capable of performing at 1.76 petaflops.