Not sure what the US has been up to lately, aside from watching infrastructure collapse, and whole regions slide into a 3rd World-like abyss, but in China, located in the Binhai Cultural District in Tianjin, a new five-story library which covers 34,000 square metres has just opened. It can hold up to 1.2 million books. Taking just three years to complete, the library features a reading area on the ground floor, lounge areas in the middle sections and offices, meeting spaces, and computer/audio rooms at the top.
According to a newly published ranking, not only is China home to the world’s two fastest supercomputers, it also has 202 of the world’s fastest 500 such devices—more than any other nation. America’s fastest machine is in fifth place in the charts.
The world’s fastest supercomputer is still TaihuLight, housed at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, China–capable of performing 93 quadrillion calculations per second, it’s almost three times faster than the second-place Tianhe-2. The Department of Energy’s fifth-placed Titan supercomputer, housed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, performs 17.6 quadrillion calculations per second—making it less than a fifth as fast as TaihuLight.