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With a home-grown processor, the new Sunway TaihuLight triples the performance of the previous fastest machine.
The fastest got faster, as the K Computer topped its own record on the twice-yearly supercomputer speed test by scoring 10.51 quadrillion calculations per second.
The machine, located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, bumps the IBM-based Sequoia system down a notch with its performance of 17.59 petaflops per second.
Processors from Nvidia play a big role in powering what the graphics chip supplier claims is now the fastest supercomputer in the world. The China-based machine has achieved 2.507 petaflops.
In the twice-yearly list of the fastest computers on the planet, IBM has 5 of the top 10 most powerful computers, including the No. 1 spot.
Big Blue breaks into the quadrillion calculation range with new Blue Gene/P supercomputer.