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Top 20 Fastest And Most Powerful Supercomputers In The World: 2014 List

Interestingly enough, for the 4th consecutive time, China’s massive Tianhe-2 supercomputer, aka “Milky Way-2”, has retained the top spot as the world’s fastest supercomputer, according to a biannual Top500 list of supercomputers.

That’s no surprise, Tianhe-2, developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology (NUDT,) can operate at 33,86 petaflops per second (Pflop/s), or 33,860 quadrillion calculations per second, cost approximately $390 million to build and is comprised of thousands of Intel Intel Xeon E5-2692v2 12C 2.2GHz processors.

The National Supercomputer Center in Guangzhou in south China, where Tianhe-2 is installed, It is also reported to make an update to increase the system’s speed to over 100 Plops/s.

Last week it was announced the US plans on spending $325 million to build two supercomputers which will be three to five times faster than the Tianhe-2 system.

However, Titan, installed at the Department of Education’s Oak Ridge National Labratory, remains the No. 2 system with a performance of 17.59 Pflop/s.

The Sequoia, installed at the DOE’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is again the No. 3 system with a performance of 17.17 Pflop/s.

Japan’s K computer is the No. 4 system with 10.51 Pflop/s, followed by Mira, installed at the DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory, which has a performance of 8.59 Pflop/s sits at No. 5.

The list is compiled by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee and a German company, Prometeus.

HP has the most supercomputers on the list, with 179 and IBM has the second-most with 153 systems. When it comes to processors, though, Intel dominates. 85.8% of the supercomputers on the list use Intel processors and 25 use Intel’s Xeon Phi co-processors, including the Tianhe-2.

The United States remains the top country with the most supercomputers with a total of 231. Other countries trailing the lead include China (61 systems,) Japan (32 systems,) Britain (30 systems,) France (30 systems,) and Germany (26 systems).


1. National Super Computer Center in Guangzhou
Country: China
System:  Tianhe-2 (MilkyWay-2) – TH-IVB-FEP Cluster, Intel Xeon E5-2692 12C 2.200GHz, TH Express-2, Intel Xeon Phi 31S1P
Rmax (TFlop/s): 33,862.7

2. DOE/SC/Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Country: United States
System:  Titan – Cray XK7 , Opteron 6274 16C 2.200GHz, Cray Gemini interconnect, NVIDIA K20x
Rmax (TFlop/s): 17,590.0

Country: United States
System:  Sequoia – BlueGene/Q, Power BQC 16C 1.60 GHz, Custom
Rmax (TFlop/s): 17,173.2

4. RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS)
Country: Japan
System:  K computer, SPARC64 VIIIfx 2.0GHz, Tofu interconnect
Rmax (TFlop/s): 10,510.0

5. DOE/SC/Argonne National Laboratory
Country: United States
System:  Mira – BlueGene/Q, Power BQC 16C 1.60GHz, Custom
Rmax (TFlop/s): 8,586.6

6. Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS)
Country: Switzerland
System:  Piz Daint – Cray XC30, Xeon E5-2670 8C 2.600GHz, Aries interconnect , NVIDIA K20x
Rmax (TFlop/s): 6,271.0

7. Texas Advanced Computing Center/Univ. of Texas
Country: United States
System:  Stampede – PowerEdge C8220, Xeon E5-2680 8C 2.700GHz, Infiniband FDR, Intel Xeon Phi SE10P
Rmax (TFlop/s): 5,168.1

8. Forschungszentrum Juelich (FZJ)
Country: Germany
System:  JUQUEEN – BlueGene/Q, Power BQC 16C 1.600GHz, Custom Interconnect
Rmax (TFlop/s): 5,008.9

Country: United States
System:  Vulcan – BlueGene/Q, Power BQC 16C 1.600GHz, Custom Interconnect
Rmax (TFlop/s): 4,293.3

10. US Government
Country: United States
System: Cray CS-Storm, Intel Xeon E5-2660v2 10C 2.2GHz, Infiniband FDR, Nvidia K40
Rmax (TFlop/s): 3,577.0

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11. NASA/Ames Research Center/NAS
Country: United States
System:  Pleiades – SGI ICE X, Intel Xeon E5-2670/E5-2680v2/E5-2680v3 2.6/2.8/2.5 GHz, Infiniband FDR
Rmax (TFlop/s): 3,375.6

12. Exploration & Production – Eni S.p.A.
Country: Italy
System:  HPC2 – iDataPlex DX360M4, Intel Xeon E5-2680v2 10C 2.8GHz, Infiniband FDR, NVIDIA K20x
Rmax (TFlop/s): 3,188.0

13. US Government
Country: United States
System: Cray XC30, Intel Xeon E5-2697v2 12C 2.7GHz, Aries interconnect
Rmax (TFlop/s): 3,143.5

14. Leibniz Rechenzentrum
Country: Germany
System:  SuperMUC – iDataPlex DX360M4, Xeon E5-2680 8C 2.70GHz, Infiniband FDR
Rmax (TFlop/s): 2,897.0

15. GSIC Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Country: Japan
System:  TSUBAME 2.5 – Cluster Platform SL390s G7, Xeon X5670 6C 2.93GHz, Infiniband QDR, NVIDIA K20x
Rmax (TFlop/s): 2,785.0

16. HLRS – Höchstleistungsrechenzentrum Stuttgart
Country: Germany
System:  Hornet – Cray XC40, Xeon E5-2680v3 12C 2.5GHz, Aries interconnect
Rmax (TFlop/s): 2,763.0

17. National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin
Country: China
System:  Tianhe-1A – NUDT YH MPP, Xeon X5670 6C 2.93 GHz, NVIDIA 2050
Rmax (TFlop/s): 2,566.0

18. DOE/SC/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Country:  cascade – United States
System:  cascade – Atipa Visione IF442 Blade Server, Xeon E5-2670 8C 2.600GHz, Infiniband FDR, Intel Xeon Phi 5110P
Rmax (TFlop/s): 2,539.1

19. Army Research Laboratory DoD Supercomputing Resource Center (ARL DSRC)
Country: United States
System:  Excalibur – Cray XC40, Xeon E5-2698v3 16C 2.3GHz, Aries interconnect
Rmax (TFlop/s): 2,485.0

20. Total Exploration Production
Country: France
System:  Pangea – SGI ICE X, Xeon E5-2670 8C 2.600GHz, Infiniband FDR
Rmax (TFlop/s): 2,098.1

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