On Saturday, I spent two hours raking leaves. It was a perfect afternoon. Sunny, warm, no wind. It almost made you glad to be raking leaves on a Saturday afternoon.
What a sense of accomplishment as you get that leaf pile to rise higher and higher. Sometimes you think there's just no way even one more leaf can be placed on top. And then you heave a smaller pile onto the large pile and somehow it actually stays.
IBM's leaf pile has also been reaching new heights in the just released TOP500 list of the world's most powerful supercomputers.
IBM once again had the most installed aggregate throughput with over 12,093 out of 43,654 Teraflops. IBM has had the lead for 23 lists in a row. IBM had the most systems with 200. HP had 160, Cray had 29, SGI had 22. Oh, and Oracle? Oracle had 11. IBM had the most energy-efficient system as well as the most energy-efficient x86-only cluster. And IBM clearly dominated the top 25 most energy efficient systems overall.
On Saturday afternoon, I sat down and lovingly looked over my impressive 3 foot piles of leaves. What an awesome sight. What an amazing accomplishment and so wonderful that with this job you can actually see the results, firsthand and right away. Then something caught my eye. My neighbor has a gorgeous maple that towers above every other tree on the block. The leaves were flaming before me, the color of a sunset on Fire Island. But then it hit me. They were still very much on the tree. And I realized that we've only just begun.
(1) IBM Power 795 on two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark running SAP enhancement package 4 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application (Unicode): 32 processors / 256 cores / 1,024 threads, POWER7, 4.0 GHz, 4,096 GB memory, 126,063 SAP SD benchmark users, 0.98 seconds dialog response time, 96 percent CPU utilization running AIX® 7.1 and DB2® 9.7. Certification #2010046.
Sources: http://www.sap.com/benchmark, http://www.top500.org. Results current as of 11/15/10.
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