Two decades ago China did not have a single supercomputer – and now it has the world’s most powerful.
China only started producing its first computer chips in 2001. But its chip industry has developed at an awesome pace.
So much so that Chinese-made chips power the world’s most powerful supercomputer, which is Chinese too.
The computer, known as the Sunway TaihuLight, contains some 41,000 chips and can carry out 93 quadrillion calculations per second. That’s twice as fast as the next-most-powerful supercomputer on the planet (which also happens to be Chinese).
The mind-boggling amount of calculations computers like this can carry out in the blink of an eye can help crunch incredibly complicated data – such as variations in weather patterns over months and years and decades.