The world’s fastest supercomputer began operations Wednesday at the National Supercomputing Center in Guangzhou, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Tianhe-2, which is capable of performing 33.86 petaflops per second, topped a ranking of the world’s 500 fastest supercomputers at the SC13 supercomputing conference in Denver on Nov. 18. Developed by the National University of Defense Technology in June, the supercomputer was shipped to Guangzhou in September and installed and tested for more than a month, sources at the supercomputing center were quoted as saying. A petaflop is the ability of a supercomputer to do one quadrillion floating point operations per second.
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