The announcement for the world's fastest supercomputer is expected to be announced on Friday, October 29, 2010 by TOP500.
The TOP500 is a ranking of the 500 most powerful and speediest supercomputers known in the world.
The list is compliled by Hans Meuer (University of Mannheim), Jack Dongarra (University of Tennessee), and Erich Strohmaier and Horst Simon (both from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory).
According to the Xinhuanet article China's fastest supercomputer Tianhe-1 creates new speed record, 'It has a theoretical speed of 4.7 petaflops per second, according to a R&D research member of Tianhe-1. A petaflop is equivalent to 1,000 trillion calculations.'
The Tianhe-1 consists of "7,168 Nvidia GPUs" and "14,336 Intel Xeon CPUs" costing a total of $88 million - and it weighs in at about 55 tons.
See a picture of the Tianhe-A1 at DVICE's article 'China's world's fastest supercomputer needs a casemod '” badly.'