Supercomputers: The TOP 500 List for June 2016

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The 47th edition of the list of TOP 500 supercomputers in the world has been announced. This time another Chinese supercomputer called “Sunway TaihuLight” has replaced “Tianhe-2” which had occupied the top position for the last six times.

The list is updated twice a year (June and November) on the basis of the “LINPACK Benchmark”.

The Sunway TaihuLight is built entirely of processors designed and made in China unlike Tianhe-2 which is an Intel based supercomputer ( Intel is an American Company).

The processing speed of a supercomputer is measured in floating point operations per second (flops) or the number of calculations it can perform in a second.

Sunway TaihuLight can perform 93 quadrillions calculations per second or 93 petaflops*/s and is twice as fast and thrice as efficient as Tianhe-2 (33.86 petaflops/s).

Top 10 supercomputers

  1. Sunway TaihuLight -China
  2. Tianhe-2 (MilkyWay-2) – China
  3. Titan -US
  4. Sequoia-US
  5. K Computer- Japan
  6. Mira- US
  7. Trinity- US
  8. Piz Daint- Switzerland
  9. Hazel Hen- Germany
  10. Shaheen II – Saudi Arabia

This is the first time since the inception of the list in 1993 that the US is not home to the largest number of systems.

*petaflops= 10^15 flops

 

 

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