China's Legend unveils supercomputer

China's Legend Group - one of China's leading manufacturers of desktop and notebook computer systems - has unveiled its first...

China's Legend Group - one of China's leading manufacturers of desktop and notebook computer systems - has unveiled its first supercomputer, a machine that is claimed to be one of the top 25 most powerful computers in the world.

The machine, Legend Deepcomp 1800, was developed by a team of 60 engineers at the Beijing-based company. It is based around 526 Intel Xeon processors and has 272Gbytes of RAM and a hard disk capacity of 6Tbytes.

The computer will be installed this month at the Academy of Mathematics and System Sciences at the China Academy of Sciences in Beijing where it will be used for tasks including fluid dynamics computation, earthquake information control, oil reservoir simulation, climatic modelling and DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) computation.

The machine has a performance of 1,067Gflops (floating point operations per second), according to Legend. That would give it a ranking as the 24th most powerful supercomputer in the world if it were included in the most recent version of the Top 500 List, a widely recognised ranking of supercomputing power around the world ( www.top500.org).

It would also be the only ranking for a Chinese-made supercomputer in the list, which is dominated by US and Japanese computer makers.

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