TOKYO China has jumped to the front ranks of the supercomputing powers with the new Sunway TaihuLight, powered by domestically developed chips. It was recently crowned the fastest computer in the world.
In its debut on the Top500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers in June, the Sunway TaihuLight overwhelmed such rivals as the Tianhe-2, a Chinese supercomputer powered by Intel chips that has claimed the No. 1 spot on the past six Top500 lists. Furthermore, it was the first time for China to surpass the U.S. in the total number of systems on the list.