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China has the top supercomputer in the world but it still runs Linux

Oct 28, 2010, 20:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"If you want a really, really fast computer, there are all kind of ways to build the hardware architecture, but one thing that almost all of them have in common is that they run Linux. The top spot now appears to belong to the Tianhe-1A , which means "Milky Way," at a research center at the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) in Tianjin, China.

"I say "appears" because the official Top 500 Supercomputer List won't be out until early November. Still, according to a New York Times report, Jack Dongarra, the University of Tennessee computer scientist who maintains the Top 500 ranking, said, the Tianhe-1A "blows away the existing No. 1 machine," which is a Cray XT5 Jaguar at the National Center for Computational Sciences. Dongarra concluded, "We don't close the books until Nov. 1, but I would say it is unlikely we will see a system that is faster.""

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