Linux Powers All Top 500 Supercomputers In The World

Linux Now Runs on all of the Top 500 supercomputers

According to the 53rd edition of TOP500 list – June 2019, all of the world’s fastest supercomputers are powered by Linux and are running at Petaflop speeds or faster.

Two IBM-built supercomputers, Summit, and Sierra, installed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, respectively, retain the first two positions in the top 10 list.

Sunway TaihuLight and Tianhe-2A (Milky Way-2A), both developed by China hold the third and fourth position on the list respectively. These are followed by the new entrant, Frontera in the top 10 list at fifth position.

Further, Piz Daint, Trinity, and the AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (ABCI) are positioned at sixth, seventh and eighth places respectively.

In addition, SuperMUC-NG is in the number nine position, while IBM’s upgraded Lassen supercomputer captures the number 10 spot.

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Although the supercomputers from the US hold the first two top spots in the top 10 list, China is still ahead of the US as the number of supercomputers from the country are 219 in comparison to 116 from the US.

Talking about processors, all 500 systems deliver a petaflop or more on the High-Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark. 95.6 percent of all TOP500 systems are powered by Intel, followed by IBM Power CPUs which are in seven systems, and AMD processors, which are present in three systems.

You can read about all the supercomputers in the TOP500 list here.

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Kavita Iyer
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