What Are Examples of Supercomputers?
Some prominent examples of supercomputers include TaihuLight, Tianhe-2, Titan, Sequoia, K Computer, TianHe-IA, Jaguar, and Roadrunner. All eight supercomputers are at the forefront in the world in terms of both processing power and design. Of the eight supercomputers listed above, four are in the United States, three are in China and one is in Japan, with most being used to analyze high-level scientific processes.
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.
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 two years ahead of its projected completion date. 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 and requires 24 megawatts to operate.
TaihuLight was completed recently and is currently ranked as the fastest supercomputer with a peak speed of 93.01 petaflops. It is based in Wuxi China and cost $273 million.