The Biggest of the Big: Today's Top 500 Supercomputers

The Biggest of the Big: Today's Top 500 Supercomputers

Summary: releases a semi-annual list of the fastest 500 supercomputers in the world. This gallery covers several of the best of the best.


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  • 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:
    Unless otherwise indicated, this information has been authored by an employee or employees of the University of California, operator of the Los Alamos National Laboratory under Contract No. W-7405-ENG-36 with the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has rights to use, reproduce, and distribute this information. The public may copy and use this information without charge, provided that this Notice and any statement of authorship are reproduced on all copies. Neither the Government nor the University makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any liability or responsibility for the use of this information.
  • At number four, the Kraken XT5 is also the world's fastest academic supercomputer. Effectively the same computer as the Jaguar XT5 in first place, the Kraken is much smaller having only 98,928 cores. Kraken is funded by the National Institute for Computational Sciences at the University of Tennessee but is housed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Also, I love this image too of the Kraken sea creature.

    Photo courtesy Daderot.
  • The fifth most powerful supercomputer is also the most powerful in Europe. Housed at German company Forschungszentrum Juelich (which specializes in health, energy, environment, and information technology research), JUGENE is an IBM computer with 294,912 cores.

    Photo courtesy Forschungszentrum Juelich.

Topic: IBM

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