China is building its third National Supercomputing Center at Hunan University in Changsha and it’s expected to be completed by the end of 2011. Earlier this month, the Tianhe-1A in Tianjin was certified as the world’s fastest supercomputer. The Tianhe-1A to be housed at the NSC in Changsha will best that with aims of performing 1 quadrillion operations per second, according to the Asia-Pacific Business and Technology Report.
According to Computerworld, the new facility is part of China’s aggressive supercomputing plans. The country has a goal of building at least one system capable of 50 to 100 petaflops no later than 2015 and plans to build its first exascale computing system between 2016 and 2020.