Some prominent examples of supercomputers include the Jaguar, Nebulae, Roadrunner, Kraken, Jugene, Pleiades and the Tianhe-2. All seven supercomputers are at the forefront in the world in terms of both processing power and design. Of the seven supercomputers listed above, four are in the United States, two in China and one in Germany, with most being used to analyze high-level scientific processes.Continue Reading
The Jaguar supercomputer, owned by the U.S. Department of Energy, is located in Tennessee and runs on 37,376 six-core Istanbul processors made by Advanced Micro Devices and generating 1.75 petaflops in performance. The computer is used for large-scale scientific simulations of climate change and new energy technology development.
In 2013, China's NUDT Tianhe-2 supercomputer posted a peak speed of 33.86 petaflops, which translates to 33.86 quadrillion floating point operations every second. The Tianhe-2 was completed in June 2013, two years ahead of its projected completion date of 2015. The development team that participated in the development of the Tianhe-2 consisted of 1,300 people, including engineers and scientists based at the supercomputer's location in Guangzhou, China. The Tianhe-2 cost approximately $390 million in development funds. As of 2014, the Tianhe-2 requires 24 megawatts to operate. As of June 2014, the Tianhe-2 was the fastest supercomputer in the world.Learn more about Computers & Hardware