(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Planet Earth now has a new fastest supercomputer. IBM’s Sequoia has overtaken Fujitsu’s K Computer, and it’s by quite a bit. Sequoia performs at 16.32 petaflops, according to tests. That’s 5.81 petaflops faster than the system pushed by Japanese tech provider Fujitsu. Top500.org revealed the move in its latest statistics.
Specifically, the new system is maintained by the U.S. Department of Energy and helps dealing with nuclear issues. The distinction appears to be quite an honor for the United States.
“Today’s announcement puts the United States firmly on the forefront of developing computing systems that will advance the world in many far-reaching ways, while driving high-quality jobs and economic prosperity here at home,” commented U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu in a press release.
Supercomputers assist in a variety of tasks requiring complex calculations. Just recently, processor creator IBM introduced a new chip called Xeon Phi to its line, assisting in areas such as weather forecasts and green technology.