TOP500 Expands Exaflops Capacity Amidst Low Turnover
Nov. 16, 2020

FRANKFURT, Germany; BERKELEY, Calif.; and KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—The 56th edition of the TOP500 saw the Japanese Fugaku supercomputer solidify its number one status in a list that reflects a flattening performance growth curve.  Although two new systems managed to make it into the top 10, the full list recorded the smallest number of new entries since the project began in 1993.

The entry level to the list moved up to 1.32 petaflops on the High Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark, a small increase from 1.23 petaflops recorded in the June 2020 rankings. In a similar vein, the aggregate performance of all …


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ISC21 Cluster Competition Bracketology

For the first time ever, cluster competition experts have gathered together for an actual seeding reveal for the ISC21 Student Cluster Competition. What’s this, you ask? It’s where bona fide student cluster competition authorities rank the teams 1-13 and discuss the field both as a whole and individually. It’s a very interesting competition this year […]

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OSC Enables On-Demand HPC for Automotive Engineering Firm

In motorsports, vehicle designers are constantly looking for the tiniest sliver of time to shave off through some clever piece of engineering – but as the low-hanging fruit gets snatched up, those advances are getting more and more difficult to achieve. Now, D2H Advanced Technologies – an engineering firm with efforts in sports like NASCAR […]

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Lenovo Gives SuperMUC-NG Supercomputer An Upgrade

Lenovo became a powerhouse in the HPC and supercomputer spaces back in 2014, when it bought IBM’s System x server division for $2.1 billion in a deal that also saw it license storage and system management software from Big Blue.

Lenovo Gives SuperMUC-NG Supercomputer An Upgrade was written by Jeffrey Burt at The Next Platform.

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Think Locally About Data Management, But Act Globally was written by Jeffrey Burt at The Next Platform.

Argonne and Oak Ridge Award Codeplay Software to Strengthen SYCL Support

Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne) in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has awarded Codeplay a contract implementing the oneAPI DPC++ compiler, an implementation of the SYCL open standard software, to support AMD GPU-based high-performance compute (HPC) supercomputers. The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) is deploying an exascale supercomputer, Aurora, based on Intel GPUs with […]

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Lenovo Expands HPC System at Leibniz Supercomputer Center

Research Triangle Park, NC – Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group, Intel and the Leibniz Supercomputing Center (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, announce Phase Two of the LRZ’s SuperMUC-NG supercomputer. The system will deliver high performance integrated solutions to the LRZ user community, utilising artificial intelligence to implement advanced simulations, modelling, and data analysis that […]

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11/2020 Highlights

After a make-over of the Top10 in June we again see some interesting changes driven by two system upgrades (#1 Fugaku and #5 Selene) and two new systems (#7 JUWELS Booster Module and #10 Dammam-7). The full list however recorded the smallest number of new entries ever since the project started in 1993.

Supercomputer Fugaku, a system based on Fujitsu’s custom ARM A64FX processor remains the new No. 1. It is installed at the RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) in Kobe, Japan, the location of the former K-Computer. It was co-developed in close partnership by Riken and Fujitsu and uses Fujitsu’s Tofu D interconnect to transfer data between nodes. It increased in size by about 5% which allowed it to improve its HPL benchmark score to 442 Pflop/s easily exceeding the No. 2 Summit by 3x.

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List Statistics

1 Supercomputer Fugaku - Supercomputer Fugaku, A64FX 48C 2.2GHz, Tofu interconnect D, Fujitsu
2 Summit - IBM Power System AC922, IBM POWER9 22C 3.07GHz, NVIDIA Volta GV100, Dual-rail Mellanox EDR Infiniband, IBM
3 Sierra - IBM Power System AC922, IBM POWER9 22C 3.1GHz, NVIDIA Volta GV100, Dual-rail Mellanox EDR Infiniband, IBM / NVIDIA / Mellanox
4 Sunway TaihuLight - Sunway MPP, Sunway SW26010 260C 1.45GHz, Sunway, NRCPC
5 Selene - NVIDIA DGX A100, AMD EPYC 7742 64C 2.25GHz, NVIDIA A100, Mellanox HDR Infiniband, Nvidia
6 Tianhe-2A - TH-IVB-FEP Cluster, Intel Xeon E5-2692v2 12C 2.2GHz, TH Express-2, Matrix-2000, NUDT
7 JUWELS Booster Module - Bull Sequana XH2000 , AMD EPYC 7402 24C 2.8GHz, NVIDIA A100, Mellanox HDR InfiniBand/ParTec ParaStation ClusterSuite, Atos
8 HPC5 - PowerEdge C4140, Xeon Gold 6252 24C 2.1GHz, NVIDIA Tesla V100, Mellanox HDR Infiniband, Dell EMC
9 Frontera - Dell C6420, Xeon Platinum 8280 28C 2.7GHz, Mellanox InfiniBand HDR, Dell EMC
10 Dammam-7 - Cray CS-Storm, Xeon Gold 6248 20C 2.5GHz, NVIDIA Tesla V100 SXM2, InfiniBand HDR 100, HPE