Overnight, at the SC14 conference in New Orleans, the twice-yearly Top500 list was revealed with probably the fewest changes in the top 10 we've ever seen.
The only new entry in the top 10 was the 10th-ranked unnamed machine which began operating at an undisclosed US government location.
China's Tianhe-2, developed by the National University of Defence Technology scored 33.86 petaflop/sec, and remains at number 1 for the fourth edition in a row. Currently, to enter the top 10, a performance of 3.57petaflop/sec is required. 1 petaflop/sec is required to reach the top 50 (a speed that would have claimed first place in 2008).
Just 14 units (none of which are in the top 80) run an operating system other than Linux (and all but two of those are AIX).
The oldest computer in the list is Shanghai's Magic Cube which entered the list in 2008 at position 11 and is currently ranked at 360. Magic Cube is also the only machine running Windows.
The compilers of the list noted that performance improvements seem to be lagging the long-term trend-line and the turn-over rate is the lowest in two decades with the 500th computer occupying position 421 in the June 2014 list.