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Friday, December 09, 2005

Interesting Facts about the current Top 500 Supercomputer List

61% of the top 500 supercomputers lie in the USA.

Nearly 74.4% of the top 500 supercomputers run on a form of linux. and 20% run on Unix, if we consider Linux and Unix as same and call them *nix, we can say that 94.4% of all supercomputers run on *nix based systems
While on a performance basis *nix systems only make 71.8% of the top 500.

Most Supercomputers in the world are used for the Financial sector (8.8%)

Cluster Supercomputers make up the most supercomputers in the top 500, however in terms of performance they make only 48.1%, which shows that a lot of cluster computers are badly designed, as the slightest bottleneck in effects system performance greatly. Whereas Massively Parrallel Processing Systems ,systems which do not share memory resources,(MPP) only make up 20% of the total number of supercomputers, but make nearly 49% of all the performance, remarkable.

IBM remains the unbeating leading manufacturer of supercomputers with having 219 out of 500 systems in the list, they also hold slots in the top 10, including the most powerful supercomputer

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