What Is the Capacity of a Supercomputer?


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Tianhe-2, the world's fastest supercomputer as of November 2013, is capable of performing almost 34,000 trillion floating point operations every second. Its theoretical performance is even higher.

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What Is the Capacity of a Supercomputer?
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Most of the world's fastest supercomputers use Linux, which is able to handle the 3.12 million processing cores used in Tianhe-2. This allows it to perform parallel operations at high speeds. While standard computers and servers are able to handle most computer tasks in a reasonable period of time, complex simulations often require processing power that only supercomputers can provide. Supercomputers are also used to solve complex math equations and for studying computer science principles.

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