National Labs House World’s Fastest Supercomputers

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Two national laboratories are the homes to a duo of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, according to new rankings of the globe’s fastest computing systems.

The IBM Summit system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory snagged the No. 1 spot on the TOP500 list, followed by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s IBM Sierra system. Both maintained their rankings from last year. Trinity, a Cray system at Los Alamos National Laboratory, came in at No. 7.

“DOE’s national labs have some of the brightest minds in the world which have made America a worldwide leader in high-performance computing hardware, software, and applications,” Energy Secretary Rick Perry said in a statement. “We are well positioned to maintain this leadership as we enter the era of exascale computing, which holds enormous promise for our country and will transform our leadership in science, our economy, and our Nation’s security.”

For the first time, all 500 systems on the TOP500 list deliver a petaflop or more on the High Performance Linpack benchmark, with the entry level to the list now at 1.022 petaflops, according to TOP500

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