Saturday, July 16, 2016

This could be the most important ranking of all

TOP500 has announced its latest list of supercomputers. First place goes to China, which now has 167 systems in the top 500 compared to 165 for the USA.

"A new Chinese supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight, captured the number one spot on the latest TOP500 list of supercomputers released on Monday morning at the ISC High Performance conference (ISC) being held in Frankfurt, Germany.  With a Linpack mark of 93 petaflops, the system outperforms the former TOP500 champ, Tianhe-2, by a factor of three. The machine is powered by a new ShenWei processor and custom interconnect, both of which were developed locally, ending any remaining speculation that China would have to rely on Western technology to compete effectively in the upper echelons of supercomputing."

Here are the number of systems located in various other countries:

Japan 34
Germany 26
France 20
India 15
UK 13
South Korea 10
Russia 7
Italy 5
Saudi Arabia 5
Sweden 5
Australia 5
Brazil 4
South Africa 1
Canada 1
Singapore 1

Apart from Saudi Arabia, there are no supercomputers in any Muslim country. There are none in Africa except for the single system in South Africa. There are none in Latin America outside Brazil.

China has reached parity with the US and is now heading for supremacy.

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