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New Chinese supercomputer named world’s fastest system on latest TOP500 list

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FRANKFURT —New Chinese supercomputer which can make 93 quadrillions counts per second was named the world’s most powerful supercomputer on Monday.

For the straight seven years, supercomputer called Sunway-TaihuLight has topped a rundown of the world’s fastest PCs – and for the first time the winner uses only Chinese-designed processors instead of US technology, according to media reports.

The newest edition of the list was announced Monday, June 20, at the 2016 International Supercomputer Conference in Frankfurt. The closely watched list is issued twice a year.

Developed by the National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering and Technology (NRCPC) and installed at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, Sunway TaihuLight displaces Tianhe-2, an Intel-based Chinese supercomputer that has claimed the No. 1 spot on the past six TOP500 lists.

Sunway TaihuLight, with 10,649,600 computing cores comprising 40,960 nodes, is twice as fast and three times as efficient as Tianhe-2, which posted a LINPACK performance of 33.86 petaflop/s. The peak power consumption under load (running the HPL benchmark) is at 15.37 MW, or 6 Gflops/Watt.

This allows the TaihuLight system to grab one of the top spots on the Green500 in terms of the Performance/Power metric.  Titan, a Cray XK7 system installed at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is now the No. 3 system. It achieved 17.59 petaflop/s.

Last year’s Chinese winner in the TOP500 ranking maintained by researchers in the United States and Germany slipped to No. 2, followed by a computer at the US government’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

Also this year, China displaced the United States for the first time as the country with the most supercomputers in the top 500. China had 167 systems and the United States had 165. Japan was a distant No. 3 with 29 systems.

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Supercomputers are one of a series of technologies targeted by China’s ruling Communist Party for development and have received heavy financial support. Such systems are used for weather forecasting, designing nuclear weapons, analyzing oilfields and other specialized purposes.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 launched in Nepal

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KATHMANDU — Samsung has launched its Galaxy Tab A 7.0 in Nepali market which is one of the most affordable 4G tablets from Samsung that combines refined design, superior display and powerful battery to deliver enhanced performance.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 comes with features like Kids Mode and parental control to let parents provide their children with a secure experience. Parents can restrict app access and set usage time limits.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (2018) is powered by 1.5GHz quad-core processor and it comes with 1.5GB of RAM. The tablet packs 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 200GB via a microSD card.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (2018) comes with a 5-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel front shooter for selfies. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (2018) runs Android and is powered by a 4000mAh. It measures 186.90 x 108.80 x 8.70 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 289.00 grams.

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It include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and FM and Accelerometer.

Users will be able to hold the Galaxy Tab A 7.0 in one hand thanks to its slim design, round edges and non-slip pattern. Weighing in at only 289g, the device is light enough to slip inside a backpack or purse, which further enhances its portability.

“With the Galaxy Tab A 7.0, we are providing our customers a device that is the perfect blend of refined design, superior display, great performance and non-stop entertainment,” said Pranaya Ratna Sthapit, head IM Biz at Samsung Nepal in a statement released by the company.

The device is priced at Rs 15,900 and available in two colours — White and Black.

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