Scientists create the largest virtual universe using world’s fastest supercomputer
A team of scientists in China has created the world’s largest virtual universe by using the supercomputer called Sunway TaihuLight and scientists are calling it a “warm-up exercise”. The universe created by Sunway supercomputer was 5 times bigger than the last biggest simulation run by the scientists from the University of Zurich back in June this year. But this simulation run for only an hour and the previous simulation was run for around 80 hours.
Chinese scientists recreated the birth of the universe (Big Bang) and its early expansion around tens of millions of years after the Big Bang under just an hour. But they had to stop the process because there were some other clients waiting in line that day. The simulation will help scientists to look through the universe more deeply and look for the most interesting and useful regions of the space.
Sunway TaihuLight, the supercomputer used in creating the simulation, is the world’s fastest supercomputer. This supercomputer has 10 million CPU cores which can process a huge amount of data in the blink of an eye. It has the processing power of 93 petaflops which is 3 times more than the world’s second fastest supercomputer which has 33.85 petaflops of processing power. The Chinese scientists manufactured Sunway TaihuLight last year with the aim to solve big data problems around the world.
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In the future, Chinese scientists are hoping to run a simulation from the Big Bang to the present time and they are creating an even more powerful supercomputer for it. The next most powerful supercomputer will be 10 times more powerful than the Sunway TaihuLight and will be ready by the end of 2019.