Chinese Tianhe-1A Supercomputer, 24th Fastest in the World, Shut Down from Tianjin Explosion

Posted on August 14, 2015 by .

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The recent Tianjin explosion is a major catastrophe and has unfortunately claimed the lives of 50 people in injured over 700. The fallout from the explosion has yet to be seen. Not only are surrounding areas suffering major damage, but a nearby supercomputer claimed to be one of the fastest in the world, gets shut down due to a security precaution resulting from the Tianjin explosion.

What is known as the Tianhe-1A supercomputer, is one of the fastest and most powerful systems in the world. In 2010, it was ranked as THE world’s fastest and only eclipsed by a few other supercomputers landing it in 24th place retaining its place on the top 500 supercomputer list today.

The Wednesday night blast caused damage to the facility that housed the Tianhe-1A supercomputer at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin. Reportedly, the windows of the facility were shattered, and some of the ceilings collapsed. As it turns out, the supercomputer was left unharmed due to it being sheltered in a protected room.

As far as others being affected by the shutdown of the Tianhe-1A supercomputer, there seems to be no immediate repercussions as it was not utilized in active roles of support. However, the supercomputer does store important data, and its database is said to be intact and not damaged.

It is also prudent to note that the city of Tianjin, being located about 80 miles out from Beijing, the explosion area is an economic hub that is the location for several electronic manufacturing outlets. Large companies, such as Lenovo, Samsung, and Foxconn Technology Group, all have facilities in the area and are affected in some way by the massive explosion slowing operations.

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