10 Fastest Supercomputers In The World

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 15 November 2012, 13:14 Hrs   |    2 Comments
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Bangalore: We often show a tendency to wallow about the specifications and punch capabilities of our personal computers. But when it comes to supercomputers, the computing reaches astronomical figures leaving us think minimal about our PCs.

TOP500, which took the project of listing top 500 supercomputers in the world, updates its list twice a year. The first of these updates always coincides with the International Supercomputing Conference in June; the second one is presented in November at the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference. Read on to know the 10 fastest super computers existing in the world now.     


Site: IBM Development Engineering
Manufacturer: IBM
Country: United States 
Processor: POWER7 8C 3.836GHz,
Cores: 63360
Power: 3575.63 kW
Interconnect: Custom Interconnect
Operating System: Linux
Speed: 1.52 petaflops 

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is an agency of United States Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technologies for use by the military. IBM's DARPA Trial Subset machine is new to the Top 10 list. It was No. 23 when it was ranked in June this year.  

#9 Fermi

Site: Cineca
Manufacturer: IBM
Country: Italy
Architecture: BlueGene/Q
Processor: Power BQC 16C 1.60GHz
Cores: 163840
Power: 821.88 kW
Interconnect: Custom Interconnect
Operating System: Linux
Speed: 1.73 petaflops 
Date Created: 2012

The Fermi supercomputer is owned by Cineca, Italy's computing consortium of 54 universities. The supercomputer is based on IBM's BlueGene/Q architecture. It will be used for computational science of scale, and will allow Italian and European teams of researchers to perform computationally intensive, large-scale research projects attacking fundamental problems in science and engineering that require massive calculations, as said on ceneca.it web site.

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