ICL Research Profile

TOP500

Overview

With more than two decades of tracking supercomputing progress, the TOP500 list continues to provide a reliable historical record of supercomputers around the world. The list clearly lays out critical HPC metrics across all 500 machines and draws a rich picture of the state of the art in terms of performance, energy consumption, and power efficiency. The TOP500 now features an HPCG ranking, which benchmarks a machine’s performance using irregular accesses to memory and fine-grain recursive computations—factors which dominate real-world, large-scale scientific workloads.

In November 2017, the 50th TOP500 list showed China overtaking the United States in the number of ranked systems—with 202 Chinese machines to 143 US machines. With these numbers in play, China now has more machines in the TOP500 than they ever have previously, while the number of US machines drops to a 25-year low. As far as the rankings themselves, China’s Sunway TaihuLight system, installed at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, maintains its number one ranking for the fourth time, with an HPL run of 93.01 petaFLOP/s.

Find out more at http://top500.org/

In Collaboration With

  1. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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