China is ramping up its efforts to be a titan of supercomputing. Its Nebulae system at the National Super Computer Center in Shenzen was ranked second on the biannual Top 500 supercomputer list. The occasion marks the first time China has appeared this high in the biannual rankings.
The Nebulae system, which can provide 1.27 petaflops of performance, still trails the U.S. Department of Energy's "Jaguar" in Oak Ridge, Tenn., which can achieve 1.75 petaflops, Network World reports. While the U.S. still dominates the rankings with 282 of the top 500 machines, China's 24 ties it with Germany for fourth behind the UK and France, says PC World.