In late October the same year, the BBC reported that the Chinese supercomputer named Tianhe-1A had taken over the top spot, achieving a trillion calculations per second (or 2.507 petaFLOPS). The system is composed of 112 computer cabinets, 12 storage cabinets, 6 communications cabinets, and 8 I/O cabinets. Each computer cabinet is composed of four frames, with each frame containing eight blades, plus a 16-port switching board. The system has 3584 total blades containing 7168 GPUs, and 14,336 CPUs. Each blade is composed of two computer nodes, with each node containing two Xeon X5670 6-core processors and one Nvidia M2050 GPU processor. The total disk storage of the systems is 2 Petabytes implemented as a Lustre clustered file system, and the total memory size of the system is 262 Terabytes.
The computer had cost $88 million to build and around $20 million annually for costs involving energy intake and operating costs. It also has to have 200 workers in order to have it operate and function properly. Now that is a monster!