2012 World’s fastest supercomputer is US IBM supercomputer Sequoia, beating Fujitsu’s K Computer

By on Jun 18, 2012 in Amazing, Technology, United States, World Comments

IBM supercomputer Sequoia of the US is now the world’s fastest supercomputer, and led the 2012 world’s fastest supercomputers Top 500 list for the first time since November 2009, with Fujitsu‘s ‘K Computer’ landing only as second.

Sequoia world's fastest supercomputer

The IBM team behind Sequoia, declared as the
world’s fastest computer for 2012

Image Credit: LLNL.gov/IBM

According to a post at Top500.org late last week, the IBM BlueGene/Q system, also known as Sequoia, which is currently installed at the Department of Energy‘s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California, is now the fastest supercomputer on the world.

As noted in the report, Sequoia has now a performance of 10.51 petaflops (quadrillion floating-point calculations per second) on the Linpack benchmark using 1,572,864 cores, while ‘K Computer‘ of Japan has a performance of 10.51 Pflop/s on the Linpack benchmark using 705,024 SPARC64 processing cores.

“While Sequoia may be the fastest, the underlying computing capabilities it provides give us increased confidence in the nation’s nuclear deterrent.” National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) administrator Thomas D’Agostino was quoted at BBC News.

Sequoia also represents continued American leadership in high performance computing.” D’Agostino added, with the US supercomputer notably capable of calculating only in one hour of what 6.7 billion people can compute using hand calculators in 320 years without stopping.

Meanwhile, another IBM BlueGene/Q system called the Mira supercomputer, landed on the third spot, which has a performance of 8.15 Pflop/s on the Linpack benchmark using 786,432 cores and installed at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.

On the other hand, SuperMUC, an IBM iDataplex system that is installed at Leibniz Rechenzentrum in Germany, landed as No. 4; while Tianhe-1A of China, which was the world’s fastest supercomputer in 2010 and is located at the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin, now lands as No.5.

The complete list of the 2012 Top 500 world’s fastest supercomputers can be found at Top 500.org, which now marks the 39th edition, and was released this Monday, June 18, 2012 at the 2012 International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany.

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