TOP500 Names Blue Gene/L The Most Powerful In The World
The TOP500 Organization, which ranks the fastest computers, named IBM's Blue Gene/L supercomputing system as the most powerful in the world. The machine, installed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, turned in a sustained performance of 280.6 Teraflops (trillions of floating point calculations per second).
Joining Blue Gene/L in the list’s top three supercomputers are IBM's own Blue Gene Watson system at 91.29 Teraflops and the ASC Purple supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory with 63.39 Teraflops. ASC Purple's ranking marks the first time a system based on IBM's POWER5 chip has claimed a top-three spot on the list.
According to numbers compiled by TOP500, IBM accounts for 52.77 percent of the total processing power of the list, nearly three-times the power of its closest rival. In addition, three new Blue Gene systems – installed at Princeton University, MIT and Zurich Research Center – appear on the Top500 List.
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