The supercomputer is powered by more than 3.12 million Intel processor cores, but according to Top500 editor Jack Dongarra, “Most of the features of the system were developed in China, and they are only using Intel for the main compute part. That is, the interconnect, operating system, front-end processors and software are mainly Chinese.”
3Cray’s Titan Supercomputer Drops to No. 2
Titan, a Cray XK7 supercomputer powered by AMD’s Opteron chips and Nvidia GPU accelerators, hit the top of the list in November 2012, but was quickly bounced by Tianhe-2. It’s also among the most energy-efficient systems.
4Sequoia Is the Largest of Four BlueGene/Q Systems in the Top 10
Sequoia, first delivered to the Lawrence Livermore Lab in 2011, delivers 17.17 petaflops per second of performance and is armed with more than 1.57 million IBM Power cores. It also is highly energy-efficient.
5Fujitsu’s K Computer Drops to No. 4
The supercomputer, at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Japan, is powered by 705,024 SPARC64 processing cores. It offers 10.51 petaflops per second of performance.
6Mira Is Another IBM BlueGene/Q Supercomputer
Mira is installed at Argonne National Laboratory, runs on 786,432 Power cores and delivers 8.59 petaflops per second of performance.
7Stampede Is Based on Dell PowerEdge Servers
The PowerEdge systems are designed for such hyperscale environments, and run on eight-core Intel Xeon E5-2680 chips and Xeon Phi coprocessors. The system delivers more than 5.1 petaflops per second of performance.
8JuQueen in Germany Runs on 458,752 IBM Power Cores
JuQueen, at the Forschungszentrum Juelich supercomputing center in Germany, offers a performance of almost 5.1 petaflops per second. It’s the most powerful supercomputer in Europe.
9Vulcan Is the Fourth BlueGene/Q System in the Top 10
Installed at the Lawrence Livermore Labs, Vulcan’s 393,216 Power cores deliver almost 4.3 petaflops per second of performance.
10SuperMUC Is an IBM iDataPlex System
SuperMUC, at the Leibniz Rechenzentrum in Germany, is powered by 147,456 Intel Xeon E5-2600 cores and has a top performance of 2.89 petaflops per second.
11China’s Tianhe-1A Rounds Out the Top 10
Based at the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin, Tianhe-1A at one time was the world’s fastest supercomputer. IT leverages Xeon processors from Intel and GPU accelerators from Nvidia, and offers a top performance of 1.86 petaflops per second.