In Pictures: The 10 most powerful supercomputers on the planet

The latest Top500 list details the world's mightiest silicon

No. 8: Tianhe-1A

The only Chinese entry into this top 10, Tianhe-1A turned in a 2.56 petaflop performance mark, on the strength of its 186,368 Xeon processor cores. It's also the first machine on this list to use co-processors for additional performance -- 100,352 Nvidia 2050 cores, to be precise.

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