[ubuntu-uk] Top 500 Supercomputers

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at manchester.ac.uk
Thu Jun 19 13:57:24 BST 2008


Michael Holloway wrote:
> Check this out, its quite interesting: www.top500.org
> Of the top 500: 452 run on *nix based OS's, And a whopping 5 run the
> other one!

Yeah! When you have hundreds of processors all talking to each other
over some high bandwidth interconnect, *nix is the only way to do it!

> I just like reading the about the power these things have, and wish i
> could get that on my desktop PC!

You should see the figures for the power consumed and the heat generated
by these beasts. You would not want it on a desktop! Besides there are
very few computational problems that can take advantage of such powerful

> And you have to laugh... the most powerful computer in the world is an
> American nuke machine! What a surprise!

I believe they model nuclear explosions! It's better than testing the
real thing.

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