IBM once again dominates the Top500 supercomputing list, with the twofastest systems in the world. As well, Big Blue is the first vendor tohave more than half (51.8 percent, or 259 out of 500 systems) in theTop500 and first to have more than half (6) of the top ten.
According toDavid Turek, Vice President of strategy for Deep Computing in IBM's Systemand Technolgoy Group, "the Top500 list today has more systemsdeployed for what we think of as commercial use that it does fortheoretical science. For example, financial firms use them for financialrisk analysis, an extremely complex application. Automobile companiesspeed the designs of automobiles by doing simulations. Even in industrialpackaging, companies use supercomputers to design the screw off tops ofcontainers."
- (Super) Fun facts
Supercomputers aregetting faster at a faster rate than ever (BBC) andIBMsupercomputers are getting faster, faster than other supercomputers are gettingfaster (Computerworld)
- This is the first time that
all500 computers on the list can crunch at least one teraflopper second -- and the voracions Blue Gene/L can crunch 136 of them in thattimeframe (Reuters)
- After IBM's 51.8 percent of the systems,HP comes in second with26.2 percent(Bloomberg)
- Blue Gene systems cost about $2 million per rack, butIBM sells partial racks aswell (CNet again)
- The slowest machine on the Top500 today is about
as fastas all the machines on the first Top500 list (in June 1993) put together;and Blue Gene's current performanceis faster than the collective performance of the entire list of November2001 (CNet)
- When completed, Blue Gene/L is planned to consist of a
64-rack systemwith over 130,000 IBM PowerPC processors (Internet News)
- After the 24th Top500 in November 2004, a USNationalResearch Council report concluded thathalf of thesupercomputers on the list were not capableof meeting national security needs In response, the US CongresspassedH.R. 4516 to ensure US dominance of the strategic supercomputing field