The US Ranks World Number One In Supercomputing After Beating 500 Of The Most Powerful Systems Around The Globe

The US has retaken the top spot in the world of supercomputing, beating out the likes of leaders such as Japan.

The news comes as the country scored top rankings out of 500 of the world’s most powerful systems around the globe. In particular, the American Frontier system reigned supreme after it snitched the top spot from last year’s leader Japan.

According to the statistics, the Oak Ridge- Frontier system overcame the Japanese ARM A64X system from Fugaku. And while it might just be in its integration stage in Tennessee, hopes are running at an all-time high as it’s destined to be operated by the country’s Air Force as well as the Energy Department.

The Frontier that’s powered by Hewlett’s Cray platform is also being considered the leading machine for obvious reasons and it has also been called out for stealing the top position in the past two years.

Now, as the leading supercomputer, it is getting more famous for its 53 gigaflops/watt running time, beating out the Japanese system to reach the Green 500 list. Remember, the simple fact that the world’s most fast-paced machine is also the most energy-efficient, makes it an added plus point, as revealed by the leading lab director of ORNL during a recent press conference.

Other leading machine systems that have made their way to the top include a similar HPE system from Finland, the IBM Summit, and the Tesla V100. This includes a smaller version from Lawrence Livermore.

China is another force to reckon with in this regard. It has been seen holding two top positions with the Sunway TaihuLight and its Tianhe-2A. In the same way, statistics have shown how the country has been in talks of having at least two different exascale systems as well.

But the country isn’t keen on making any major advances or highlighting new benchmarks, thanks to the current state of politics involving its semi-conductors.

Credit: Carlos Jones/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy
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