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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  • 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.
  • NASA's most powerful supercomputer weighs in at number six in the world. Operating 81,920 cores in an SGI system, the Pleiades cranked out 772.70 teraflops and is housed at the NASA Ames Research Center.

    Photo courtesy NASA Ames Research Center/Marco Libero.
  • The US government has the next featured supercomputer. Intrepid is an IBM system with 163,840 cores and is housed at the Argonne National Laboratory. It cranked out 458.62 teraflops during the last round of tests.

    Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.

Topic: IBM

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