A prototype of Chinese exascale supercomputer for 2017

China expects to develop an exascale supercomputer and offer a prototype by the end of 2017, reports the Xinhua news agency. A future monster that can be exploited for Cloud Computing and Big Data applications. With a performance of more than a billion billion operations per second … there is plenty to do.

However, a prototype certainly does not mean that the exaflopic power will be reached by a Chinese supercomputer this year. It is a system that will likely take several years to complete.

The French group Atos has already unveiled a supercomputer of exascale generation but which for the moment is at 1.87 petaflops (1.87 million billion operations per second) in the latest Top500. The classified system is a single Bull Sequana island. It should be able to reach exaflopic power by 2020.


In this Top500 ranking of supercomputers published in November, the Chinese supercomputer Sunway TaihuLight (photo above) retained its first place with a computing power of 93 petaflops.