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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TU Wien Announces VSC-5, Austria’s Most Powerful Supercomputer

Austria is getting a new top supercomputer: VSC-5, the latest iteration of the Vienna Scientific Cluster. The news was announced by VSC-5’s soon-to-be home, TU Wien (also known as the Vienna University of Technology). TU Wien put the contract out to tender across Europe in 2019, and after a year of searching, awarded the contract […]

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Aurora Software Development: Packaging and Early Hardware

June 17, 2021 — In this series, ALCF examines the range of activities and collaborations that staff undertake to guide the facility and its users into the next era of scientific computing. Preparing for Aurora By coordinating efforts to improve early exascale hardware stability at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), computer scientist Servesh Muralidharan […]

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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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Preferred Networks Becoming Japan’s Industrial AI Powerhouse

There’s an AI unicorn startup you might not have even heard of.

Preferred Networks Becoming Japan’s Industrial AI Powerhouse was written by Nicole Hemsoth at The Next Platform.

Preparing for Exascale: Aurora Software Development – Packaging and Early Hardware

By coordinating efforts to improve early exascale hardware stability at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), computer scientist Servesh Muralidharan is working to make it easier for application developers to use Aurora testbeds at Argonne’s Joint Laboratory for System Evaluation (JLSE). His work will facilitate a faster transition to the Aurora system upon its delivery and help […]

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Forget Mesos And OpenStack, Hashi Stack Is The New Next Platform

While a lot of software for creating and managing scale comes out of supercomputing centers, hyperscalers, and the largest public cloud builders, there is still plenty of innovation being done by people who need to tackle scale outside of these upper echelon organizations.

Forget Mesos And OpenStack, Hashi Stack Is The New Next Platform was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

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Performance Requirements and Environmental Impact are not Exclusive
June 15, 2021

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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