While mainland China may have garnered the number one spot on the TOP500, don’t count out Taiwan in the supercomputer race. This week the Taiwanese announced the development of a 170 Teraflop supercomputer to be deployed at the National Center for High Performance Computing. The cluster will comprise 25,600 computing cores.
We’re always doing this sort of research work, constantly looking into high performance computing trends, so this is one of our results,” said the computer’s architect, Wu Chou-ching.
The machine will be made available this summer to outside researchers for climate study, a priority for officials weary of deadly typhoons that hit Taiwan almost every year, and for the study of biotechnology, a top economic development priority for the island.