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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  • 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.
  • Sandia National Laboratories has the next supercomputer on the list. Named Red Sky, this Sun Microsystems computer contains 42,440 cores and was measured at 433.50 teraflops. In the picture, Kathye Chavez inspects a component board in one of the many cabinets that make up Sandia’s Red Sky.

    Photo courtesy Randy Montoya, Sandia National Laboratories.

Topic: IBM

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