Top 10 World's Most-Powerful Supercomputers

Maricris Jose
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This is the first time a supercomputer based in the Middle East has made it in the top 10 of TOP500’s most powerful supercomputers list.  Unluckily, the creators of the list stated that the rate of growth in global computing power is slowing down. There are relatively few supercomputers that have been switched on in the past few years, in contrast with a decade ago. Without further ado here are the top 10 supercomputers.

Top 10: Vulcan – United States

The Vulcan computer is a new IBM BlueGene and is mounted at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, together with No 3, the Sequoia. This supercomputer has reached a speed of 4.29 Pflop/s.

Top 9: Juqueen – Germany

Juqueen, a Europe-based computer is in the ninth place. It is kept at the Forschungszentrum Juelich in Germany. Additionally, this supercomputer is based on the older BlueGene architecture from IBM and has reached 5.01 Pflop/s.

Top 8: Stampede – United States

This supercomputer is a Dell PowerEdge C8220 system based around interweaved powerful desktop computers. The Stampede is based at the Texas Advanced Computing Center and has attained 5.17 Pflop/s.

Top 7: Shaheen II – Saudi Arabia

The Shaheen II is the latest computer in the top 10 roster. It is based on a Cray XC40 system and went live in 2015. Moreover, it is the only computer from the Middle East in the top 10. It’s located at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Shaheen II has performed at 5.536 PFlop/s and utilizes 196,608 Intel Xeon E5-2698v3 cores.

Top 6: Piz Daint – Switzerland

This supercomputer is a Cray XC30 system and is the most powerful computer in Europe. The Piz Daint is situated at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano, Switzerland. It has accomplished 6.27 Pflop/s on the Linpack benchmark, utilizing 73,808 NVIDIA K20x accelerator cores.

Top 5: Mira – Unites States

The Mira was also built on BlueGene architecture and is one of the older computers on the roster. It was predominantly used by the United States Department of Energy but it was now kept at the Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago. This supercomputer is being succeeded by the imminent Aurora. Also, it has reached 8.59 Pflop/s and utilizes 786,432 cores.

Top 4: K Computer – Japan

The supercomputer from Japan was manufactured by Fujitsu at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS). K Computer’s system hit 10.51 Pflop/s and utilizes 705,024 SPARC64 processing cores.

Top 3: Sequoia – United States 

The Sequoia is created on the now unsupported IBM BlueGene structure. It has been utilized to create major developments in climate, astrophysics, and energy application zones. This supercomputer is located in California’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and has accomplished 17.17 Pflop/s and uses 1,572,864 cores.

Top 2: Titan – United States

This supercomputer from the US is a Cray XK7 system utilized by the United States Department of Energy at their Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The previous top-ranked Jaguar supercomputer was improved in 2012 to become the then most prevailing computer up until the Tianhe machine overhauled it. The Titan performs at 17.59 Pflop/s utilizing 261,632 NVIDIA K20x cores.

Top 1: Tianhe-2 – China

The Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2) was made by China’s National University of Defence Technology (NUDT) for the National Supercomputer Center in Guangzhou. This supercomputer is the most powerful computer in the world. It performs at 33.86 petaflop/s (Pflop/s) on the Linpack benchmark.

This supercomputer from China has 3,120,000 computing cores that are made up from 16,000 compute nodes. Each of this comprises two Intel Ivy Bridge Xeon processors and three Xeon Phi coprocessor chips.

So these are the Top 10 computers from the TOP500’s most powerful supercomputers list. What can you say about these devices’ performance? Share your thoughts through our comment section.

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