Inside Japan's Top500 K Computer

Inside Japan's Top500 K Computer

Summary: The K Computer at the Riken Institute in Kobe, Japan has topped the latest edition of the biannual Top500 supercomputing list, with a benchmark performance of 8.162 petaflops

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  • K Computer

    Japan's K Computer took over first place as the top-performing supercomputer in the world on Monday, as determined by the Top500 Supercomputing List.

    The K Computer, which is housed at the Riken Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Kobe, has 672 computer racks and 68,544 CPUs. This system achieved a Linpack benchmark performance of 8.162 petaflops (quadrillion floating-point operations per second).

    But this supercomputer isn't even finished. That should happen in November 2012, when it is expected to house more than 800 computer racks and exceed 10 petaflops.

    Photo credit: Riken

  • K Computer, Riken

    The K Comptuer's performance of 8.162 petaflops was more than three times higher than the second-place and former title-holder, the Tianhe-1A at the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin, China, which achieved 2.566 petaflops.

    Photo credit: Riken

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Topic: Emerging Tech

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