The computers nowadays run on some of the most sophisticated algorithms out there and can leave your spell bound by their sheer speed and performance. With the advancement of software technology, it is now possible to perform the most complex of computations with considerable ease. That being said, the world of computer research and development is an intensely competitive one, with everyone trying to innovate something exquisite and unique every day. Needless to say, we now have a number of powerful supercomputers that continue to inspire greater innovation and are a one of a kind example of what the human brain is capable of. Here are a few of them.
Touted as the fastest computer in the world, the Sunway TaihuLight is known to be five times faster than its nearest competitor and measures 125 petaFLOPS. The supercomputer consists of 10.6 million cores and is located at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi. Also ranked fourth among the most energy efficient supercomputers in the world, it is primarily employed for data analytics, earth system modelling and climate research.
Housed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, the Titan is known as one of the most powerful and popular supercomputers in the world and features a theoretical peak output of an impressive 27petaFLOPS. The Titan is typically employed for complex researches involving molecular physics, astrophysics, climatic science and the like.
Also known as the Milky Way 2, the Tianhe-2 was designed by the Chinese national University of Defense Technology. With a computer power of 33.86 petaFLOPS, the Tianhe-2 is exclusively used by the Chinese government for their private researches and simulations. The computer is also used by the researchers in Southern China as a platform for open research.
After a massive revamp in 2016, the Piz Daint in Switzerland had its computing performance increased three times over with a new theoretical peak output of 19.6 petaFLOPS. The computer derived its name from a mountain peak of the same name in the Swiss Alps and is extensively used in generating high resolution imaging simulations and visualizations.
Designed exclusively to monitor and evaluate risks associated with a potential nuclear warfare, the Sequoia is a powerful supercomputer that is housed in the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California. With a theoretical peak output of 17.2petaFLOPS, the Sequoia is among the best know supercomputers in the entire world.