IBM’s Sequoia is now the world’s fastest supercomputer

June 19th, 2012 - 8:34 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, June 19 (THAINDIAN NEWS) IBM’s Sequoia has overtaken the number 1 spot as the fastest supercomputer.

Fujitsu’s K Computer fell to second place on the list, which is released twice a year by the German Professor Hans Meuer and the US-based Professor Jack Dongarra. Sequoia is installed at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, situated in California.

According to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) administrator, Thomas D’Agostino, Sequoia’s top position indicated a continued US leadership in high performance computing. Sequoia uses more than 1.5 million processors, being apparently 1.55 times faster than Fujitsu’s K Computer, which has less than half the number of CPUs (central processing units) than Sequoia. In addition, K Computer is less energy efficient than IBM’s Sequoia, using 12.6 megawatts, much more than Sequoia, which only consumes 7.9 megawatts.

The list of the world’s fastest supercomputers also includes two models manufactured in China and two models from Germany. Japan, France and Italy only have one supercomputer model each among the list’s entries.

Allegedly, the supercomputer can complete the same number of calculations in just one hour as what 6.7 billion people using conventional calculators and working non-stop would take 320 years to complete.

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