LEIPZIG, Germany; BERKELEY, Calif.; and KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—For the third consecutive time, Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, has retained its position as the world’s No. 1 system with a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) on the Linpack benchmark, according to the 43rd edition of the twice-yearly TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.
The 43rd Top500 List will be released Monday June 23rd, during the opening session of the ISC'14 conference in Leipzig, Germany.
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"Hans Werner Meuer (1936 – 2014†) and his legacy need little introduction within the high-performance computing (HPC) community. In Europe, he is known as the “Father of European supercomputing.” Hans, as he was fondly known in the community, became involved in data processing in 1960 and for the next 54 years of his life, he played various roles in the supercomputing world."
Since June of 1993, the Top500 List has been presenting information on the world’s 500 most powerful computer systems. The statistics about these systems have proven to be of substantial interest to computer manufacturers, users and funding authorities. While interest in the list is focused on the computers, less attention is paid to the countries hosting them. Let’s take a look at the Top500 List countries. Who are they? How might one characterize them?