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.

Sunway-TaihuLight

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.