Tom Merritt shares the TOP500 ranking of this year’s best supercomputers.
Twice a year since 1993, TOP500 ranks the world’s supercomputers, and it’s been a while since we looked at those rankings. Let’s take a look at the top 5 supercomputers.
Top 5 super computers of 2022
Lawrence Livermore Laboratory
Lawrence Livermore Laboratory is still with you with its Sierra system. It uses two POWER9 CPUs and four NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs in each of its 4,320 nodes. It can hit 94.6 petaflops.
IBM’s Summit in Tennessee brings the pain of using its two 22-core POWER9 CPUs and six NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs. Summit is held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. It can reach 148.8 petaflops.
LUMI, built by HPE Cray EX in Finland, has a performance of 151.9 Pflop/s and is one of the pan-European pre-Exascale supercomputers. It is also the most powerful machine in Europe! Put down the microphone, Finland.
The Japanese Fugaku is powered by Fujitsu’s 48-core A64FX SoC and was the first to hit number one with ARM processors. You can find it at the RIKEN Center for Computational Science in Kobe, Japan. It hits a lofty 442 petaflops. That’s dynamite now.
AMD’s Frontier uses 3rd Gen EPYC CPUs with AMD Instinct 250X accelerators and Slingshot-11 interconnect in an HPE Cray EX architecture. It is operated by the United States Department of Energy in Tennessee. But the reason it’s number one is because it hits 1,102 Exaflop/s, making it the first true Exascale machine. Smooth as butter.
A lot of blood, sweat and tears goes into these machines, so great appreciation to the people who make them. And imagine if one day we’ll have wearables more powerful than the Frontier. Imagine what the supercomputers will look like then? The best has yet to come.
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