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At the beginning of June, Top 500.org released their list of the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world. Here are several of the best from that list as well as a look at several breakdowns of the entire group of 500.
Depicted is the Cray XT5 Jaguar, housed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Using a standardized test, it operated at 1759 Teraflops (trillion calculations per second). Jaguar runs on AMD Opteron six-core processors operating at 2.6 GHz. It has a total of 224,162 cores. I especially love the image of a jaguar painted on the rack doors.
Photo courtesy National Center for Computational Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Following soon after that is another supercomputer owned by the US government, the Roadrunner. Roadrunner, located at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, is a BladeCenter cluster running Opteron DC processors at 1.8 GHz. It is made up of 122,400 cores.
Photo courtesy LeRoy Sanchez, Los Alamos National Laboratory and carries the following disclaimer:
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