Wednesday, 24 June 2009

The latest Top500 list for the world's most powerful computers

HAMBURG, Germany—The 33rd edition of the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers is still led by Roadrunner from IBM and Jaguar from Cray, but shows that two of the top 10 positions are now claimed by new systems in Germany. The latest listing, to be announced Tuesday, June 23, at the 2009 International Supercomputing Conference, also includes a brand-new player, an IBM BlueGene/P system at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, ranked at No. 14.

The fastest computer has a performance of 1105 Teraflops or 1,1 Petaflop, costs about a $ 100 million, it was the first computer to break the Petaflop milestone,
while the slowest on the top500 list has a performance of 17 Teraflops. To put that in perspective, the fastest Personal Computer can run up to 0,07 Teraflops at the moment, so you will have to cluster about 243 such very powerful Personal Computers to reach the Top500.

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