Monday, 20 June 2016 22:56

Top 500 Supercomputers – shocking new number one Featured

By

The world has a brand new number one supercomputer and it is thrice as fast as the previous leader.

The June 2016 Top500 Supercomputer list was released earlier today at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Frankfurt, Germany.

Following six consecutive number one positions by the Chinese Tianhe-2 (Tianhe is Chinese for "Milky Way"), the leader was finally pushed down to second by a new entrant also from China – the Sunway TaihuLight.

Boasting an amazing 10,649,600 processor cores the new computer achieved a Rmax rating (the standard measuring tool for Supercomputers) of 93,014,594 Mflop/sec – that's over 93 Petaflop/sec. For comparison, an Intel Core i7 2700K will achieve nearly 90Gflop/sec.

The Sunway TaihuLight features a locally designed and manufactured CPU that was built to achieve low power usage. In fact, this new computer features one of the most energy-efficient Gflop/sec / Watt ratings in the list, requiring 15.37MW to run at full speed. One of the poorest energy-efficient performers is Japan's K Computer, sitting at number five in the list, requiring 82% of the power to achieve 11% of the performance.

Aside from the new entrant at number one, the top 10 is unchanged – the next new machine arrived at position 18.

Australia has five entries on the list.

  • "Magnus" at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre (WA) is at position 79;
  • Unnamed computer at the National Computational Infrastructure, ANU is at 98;
  • "Avoka" at the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative, is at 143;
  • The CSIRO GPU Cluster at 409; and
  • "Phoenix" at the University of Adelaide, is at 437.

Additionally there is one supercomputer from New Zealand – an unnamed computer at Weta Digital (part of Peter Jackson's movie organisation) comes in at 251.

It was only a few years ago that we were celebrating the first ever peta-scale supercomputer; now that achievement is held by the first 94 place holders.

Every computer runs a version of Unix, with all but 16 being a Linux variant.

The list contains 170 computers in the Americas (4 in Brazil, 1 in Canada and the rest in the US), 105 in Europe (in a broad mix of countries), 218 in Asia (with 167 of those being in China – one more than the US), six in Oceania and just one in Africa.

In June 2008, when the list first achieved petascale computing, there were just 12 entries based in China (with a peak of 19 a couple of years earlier).

At position 500 is "Helen", based at the Imperial College London with an Rmax of 285908 Gflop/sec. This is Helen's first time on the list.  It is also certain to be her last.


Please join our community here and become a VIP.

Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here
JOIN our iTWireTV our YouTube Community here
BACK TO LATEST NEWS here

PROMOTE YOUR WEBINAR ON ITWIRE

It's all about Webinars.

Marketing budgets are now focused on Webinars combined with Lead Generation.

If you wish to promote a Webinar we recommend at least a 3 to 4 week campaign prior to your event.

The iTWire campaign will include extensive adverts on our News Site itwire.com and prominent Newsletter promotion https://itwire.com/itwire-update.html and Promotional News & Editorial. Plus a video interview of the key speaker on iTWire TV https://www.youtube.com/c/iTWireTV/videos which will be used in Promotional Posts on the iTWire Home Page.

Now we are coming out of Lockdown iTWire will be focussed to assisting with your webinatrs and campaigns and assassistance via part payments and extended terms, a Webinar Business Booster Pack and other supportive programs. We can also create your adverts and written content plus coordinate your video interview.

We look forward to discussing your campaign goals with you. Please click the button below.

MORE INFO HERE!

INTRODUCING ITWIRE TV

iTWire TV offers a unique value to the Tech Sector by providing a range of video interviews, news, views and reviews, and also provides the opportunity for vendors to promote your company and your marketing messages.

We work with you to develop the message and conduct the interview or product review in a safe and collaborative way. Unlike other Tech YouTube channels, we create a story around your message and post that on the homepage of ITWire, linking to your message.

In addition, your interview post message can be displayed in up to 7 different post displays on our the iTWire.com site to drive traffic and readers to your video content and downloads. This can be a significant Lead Generation opportunity for your business.

We also provide 3 videos in one recording/sitting if you require so that you have a series of videos to promote to your customers. Your sales team can add your emails to sales collateral and to the footer of their sales and marketing emails.

See the latest in Tech News, Views, Interviews, Reviews, Product Promos and Events. Plus funny videos from our readers and customers.

SEE WHAT'S ON ITWIRE TV NOW!

BACK TO HOME PAGE
David Heath

David Heath has had a long and varied career in the IT industry having worked as a Pre-sales Network Engineer (remember Novell NetWare?), General Manager of IT&T for the TV Shopping Network, as a Technical manager in the Biometrics industry, and as a Technical Trainer and Instructional Designer in the industrial control sector. In all aspects, security has been a driving focus. Throughout his career, David has sought to inform and educate people and has done that through his writings and in more formal educational environments.

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous

WEBINARS ONLINE & ON-DEMAND

GUEST ARTICLES

VENDOR NEWS

Guest Opinion

Guest Interviews

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News

Comments