Fall 2017–Winter 2018

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The Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer located at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, China, was until June 2018 the most powerful computer in the world. It is capable of performing a key benchmark test called Linpack at 93 petaflops, which is to say, 93 quadrillion floating point operations per second. The recently unveiled Summit supercomputer at the US’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has performed the test at 122.3 petaflops.
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