The TOP10 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers is here

Here are the world’s fastest supercomputers according to the TOP10 list, together with a breakdown of their specs.

1. Sunway TaihuLight – China (New entrant)

1 Sunway TaihuLight - China

  • 3 times faster than the previous reigning champ.
  • National Supercomputing Center in the city of Wuxi.
  • utilising a new ShenWei processor and custom interconnect made in Wuxi.
  • 40,960 64-bit, RISC processors, each of which has 260 cores.
  • equivalent to 125 petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per second) — 93 petaflops in the Linpack benchmark.
  • Each compute node has 32GB DDR3 memory, for 1.3 PB across the whole machine.

2. Tianhe-2 – China (Previously: No 1)

2. Tianhe-2 - China

  • Capable of performing more than 33 quadrillion calculations per second at launch,
    National Supercomputer Center in Guangzho
  • 16,000 nodes, each with two Intel Xeon E5 Ivy Bridge processors and three Xeon Phi 31SP co-processors, for a combined total of 3,120,000 computing cores.
  • Combined with 1PB (petabyte) of memory, the machine’s theoretical peak performance is 54 petaflops.

3. Titan – US (Previously: No 2)

  • more than 20 quadrillion calculations per second
  • US Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • utilising 560,640 cores, split between AMD Opteron 6274 processors, clocked at 2.2GHz, and NVIDIA K20x accelerators.
  • 27.1 petaflops and it has 710TB of memory.

4. Sequoia – US (Previously: No 3)

4. Sequoia - US

  • US Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • an IBM Blue Gene/Q system, with a peak performance of 20.1 petaflops, achieved using 1,572,864 Power BQC cores, rated at 1.6GHz.
  • 1.5PB of memory.
  • CNK and Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating systems and custom interconnects.

5. K computer – Japan (Previously: No 4)

5. K computer - Japan

  • more than eight quadrillion calculations per second at launch.
  • Kobe’s RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science, Fujitsu-designed machine packs in 705,024 SPARC64 VIIIfx processor cores, each rated at 2GHz, and 1.4PB of memory.
  • 11.2 petaflops, it draws 12.7MW.
  • custom interconnects and runs a Linux-based OS.

6. Mira – US (Previously: No 5)

  • 10 quadrillion calculations per second
  • Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois
  • 10.1 petaflops, 49,152 compute nodes, each with a 16-core PowerPC A2 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, and 16GB DDR3 memory, giving it a total of 786,432 processing cores and 786TB memory.
  • Linux-based OS, uses custom interconnects and draws 3.9MW.

7. Trinity – US (Previously: No 6)

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 11 petaflops, 16-core Xeon E5-2698v3 processors, clocked at 2.3GHz, for a total of 301,056 cores.

8. Piz Daint – Switzerland (Previously: No 7)

  • the fastest system in Europe
  • Swiss National Supercomputing Centre
  • 7.8 petaflops peak performance, the Cray XC30 machine relies on 5,272 compute nodes, each with an eight-core Xeon E5-2670 processor, clocked at 2.6GHz, and a NVIDIA Tesla K20X GPU accelerator. Recently upgraded with a further 1,256 compute nodes, each with two 12-core Intel Xeon E5-2690 v3 CPUs.
  • 169TB DDR3 and 32TB GDDR5.
  • Aries interconnects and runs on a Cray Linux OS.

9. Hazel Hen – Germany (Previously: No 8)

9. Hazel Hen - Germany

  • High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart
  • Cray XC40-system, 7.4 petaflops. 15,424 Intel Xeon CPU E5-2680 v3 processors, clocked at 2.5 GHz, for a total of 185,088 cores.
  • 1PB of memory, relies on Aries interconnects and draws 3.2MW.

10. Shaheen II – Saudi Arabia (Previously: No 9)

10. Shaheen II - Saudi Arabia

  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal
  • 12,000 Xeon E5-2698v3 processors, each packing 16 cores clocked at 2.3GHz, for a total of 196,608 cores.
  • 7.2 petaflops peak performance and draws 2.8MW.
  • Cray Linux OS and uses Aries interconnects.





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