US and European researchers have named the Nebulae system at the National Supercomputing Centre in Shenzhen in southern China the world's second-fastest machine, clocking in behind the US Department of Energy's Jaguar in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
A Chinese supercomputer has been ranked the world's second-fastest machine in a list issued by U.S. and European researchers, highlighting China's ambitions to become a global technology center.
The Nebulae system at the National Supercomputing Centre in Shenzhen in southern China came in behind the U.S. Department of Energy's Jaguar in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, according to the list released Monday.
Supercomputers are used for complex work such as modeling weather systems, simulating nuclear explosions and designing jetliners.
The semiannual TOP500 list highlighted Beijing's efforts to join the United States, Europe and Japan in the global technology elite and its sharp increases in research spending, driven by booming economic growth.
It also reflected China's continued reliance on Western know-how: Nebulae was built by China's Dawning Information Industry Ltd. but uses processors from Intel Corp. and Nvidia Corp., both American companies.