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CyberNation India: Implications of Linux Supercomputers for AMD, Intel

Jul 10, 2002, 09:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stacey Quandt)

"The growing number of Linux supercomputers is evidence of a significant shift for both the academic and commercial communities. Twice each year since 1993, the TOP500 ( supercomputer organization has published a list of the 500 most powerful computer systems based on the LINPACK performance benchmark that measures performance among all classes of supercomputers. While the Hewlett-Packard Superdome and AlphaServer, IBM SP and Sun Microsystems 15K systems continue to dominate the Top500 supercomputing list, there is also an increase in the number of Linux clusters. The highest ranking Linux system, at No. 35 on the Top500 list, is the University of Heidelberg Linux Cluster System (HELICS) running 825 Gigaflops and is based on AMD Athlon.

"The HELICS supercomputer performs scientific research in the fields of reactive flows, human genome decryption, bioinformatics and applied physics at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (ICSC). In addition, the Tokyo Institute of Technology Presto III Cluster located in Tokyo, Japan also runs on AMD Athlon and ranks at No. 47. This is the first time AMD processor-based systems have earned places in the top ten percent of the TOP500 rankings. Another implication of the Top500 rankings is that it demonstrates that a single university lab can achieve terascale performance (a teraflop is equivalent to one trillion floating point operations per second)..."

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