The race to everything fastest keeps going strong. Computers have always been at the forefront of that race. Super computers are not a new thing. Many nations in the world have successfully developed super computers in the past.
What is China planning for super computers?
China has a plan to develop a complete exascale computer prototype by the end of this year. The state media announced that China wants to win the race to having the fastest computer in the world. This means trying to build a machine which can make billions and billions of calculations per second.
If China is able to make such a massive computer with this much tremendous speed, it will surely outclass US and others in having the fastest machine in the world.
In order to beat the previous fastest, China last year built up Sunway TahuLight. This computer beat the previous fastest in the world as it is twice as fast.
What are Exascale computers anyway?
Exascale computers are massive, not just in size, but also their processing ability. They can crunch numbers like never seen before. Exascale computers are thought to have a processing power of executing one Quintilian calculations per second.
The prototype can be delivered much earlier than an actual machine. A real computer with that kind of speed will take years to build.
Here is what Xinhua News Agency had to share about it. “A complete computing system of the exascale supercomputer and its applications can only be expected in 2020, and will be 200 times more powerful than the country’s first petaflop computer Tianhe-1, recognized as the world’s fastest in 2010.”
Some might ask why need so much processing power?
Well, the world we live in is increasingly overloaded with information. There are so many big data decisions which need to be made just not by businesses but also public companies. For example, China’s looming pollution problem is one such thing which has not been successfully tackled so far. The making of big PCs alone cannot make a great nation. It also needs to contribute significantly towards the development of science and technology, solving real life problems of the its own population and the world in general. Let us hope these amazingly speedy computers are actually worth the investments it takes to build them.