The 29th ‘TOP500’ list of the world’s fastest supercomputers has just been released—with the largest turnover among list entries in the list’s history. IBM’s BlueGene/L system at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab keeps the No. 1 spot with 280 TeraFlops. Systems from Cray and came second and third.
The fastest European supercomputer is the IBM JS21 cluster at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center—used by Repsol for its Kaleidoscope seismic project (OITJ December 06). This comes in at N° 9 with 63TFlops. 58% of the TOP500 systems use Intel processors, 21% use AMD Opterons and 17% use IBM Power processors. IBM is the clear leader among the Top 50 systems, with 46% of the systems and 49%of performance. HP is currently absent from the Top 50. More from www.top500.org.
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