The list of admirers forChina’s fastest supercomputer Tianhe-1A is on the rise. The number of registered users for the supercomputer has crossed 300 mark and still increasing, reports IANS.
Surprisingly, a number of US companies are among the registered users for this fastest supercomputer of China.
Tianhe-1A is managed by the National Supercomputing Center in the northern city of Tianjin. It was acclaimed to be the fastest computer in the world in November 2010. Tianhe-1A has a processing speed of 2.57 quadrillion operations per second, and it incurred a cost $72.3 million to develop. However, the Chinese supercomputer could not remain world’s fastest for long and was surpassed by the Japan-developed K Computer in June 2011.
According to Xinhua News, the fastest Chinese supercomputer is now used to provide outsourcing services for mine surveying, bio-informatics, large-data animation design, nuclear fusion energy research and marine environmental engineering. The computer is very popular, and the companies seeking its service are located in different countries including US, Canada, Singapore and Sweden.