China’s Tianhe-2 Ranked Fastest Supercomputer, Again; U.S. Systems ‘Nearing Historical Low’

Tianhe-2, the supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, has been ranked as the world’s fastest for the fourth consecutive time. The Chinese supercomputer retained its position as the world’s fastest system with a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) on the Linpack benchmark, according to the 44th edition of the twice-yearly TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.

Govt grant buys Victorian supercomputer two more years

Victoria’s life sciences supercomputer will continue to operate for another two years, thanks to a $6.65 million funding top-up from the state government following the expiry of its original grant term. The Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) is touted as the world’s largest computational facility dedicated to biological and health studies. It was kicked off in 2009 thanks to $50 million in start-up capital from the government, matched by another $50 million worth of private and research sector contributions.,govt-grant-buys-victorian-supercomputer-two-more-years.aspx

Magnus supercomputer offered up to ‘Petascale pioneers’ from AU

The operators of one of the fastest supercomputers in the southern hemisphere, iVec’s 35,000 core Magnus, have commemorated its first months in operation by offering a select group of Australian-based researchers an unprecedented level of computing power. The Pawsey Centre has chosen 14 projects, dubbed ‘Petascale Pioneers’, that will each have access to roughly 10 million CPU hours’ worth of Magnus-based processing, rather than the 500,000 CPU hour blocks it usually deals out.,magnus-supercomputer-offered-up-to-petascale-pioneers.aspx

Indian supercomputers among top nine in global list

LEIPZIG, GERMANY: The 2014 worldwide edition of the Top500 Supercomputers list released revealed that nine Supercomputers ranked in the Top500 list are housed in India and powered by Intel processors, as the company shared in a note. From among these, Intel’s prominent HPC implementations are The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur to name a few. Additionally, Intel’s Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors also powers the top-rated system in the world – the 35 PFLOPS “Milky Way 2″ in China.