(Yicai Global) Jan. 29 -- China will set up the world's fastest super computer in the eastern coastal province of Shandong this year, with its computation speed 10-fold that of Sunway TaihuLight, currently the world's fastest super computer. With upgrade of China's marine monitoring system and increasing scientific explorations on oceans, a surge in marine data has triggered demand for super computers.
The new super computer is expected to be developed by 2020, and will provide services for China's marine research to build an ultra-precision ocean system simulator, said Wei Zhiqiang, dean of College of Information Science and Engineering, Ocean University of China.
Super computers, or category-E computers, refer to ones with a computation speed of 1,000 petaflops per second or faster, while that of Sunway TaihuLight only reaches 93 petaflops.
The world's first two fastest supercomputers are currently based in China. Sunway TaihuLight was developed by Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2016 and is located in Wuxi, the eastern Jiangsu province. Tianhe-2, which came second in the world, was launched by National University of Defense Technology in Guangzhou in 2014, with a computation speed of 34 petaflops per second.