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 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.
  • Appropriately named for a supercomputer in Texas, the Ranger is a Sun Microsystems computer with 42,440 and turning out 433.20 teraflops. It is housed at the Texas Advanced Computer Center at the University of Texas.

    Photo courtesy Texas Advanced Computing Center and AMD.

Topic: IBM

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