Germany in the Top500 of supercomputers
It's that time again. On June 20 the TOP500 list of the fastest supercomputers in the world is published again. Three German computers, located in scientific institutions and computer centers, are also represented in the list of superlatives.
The one is in Heidelberg, in the Institute for Scientific Computing, one is in Offenbach at the German weather service and the third is in Munich in the Leibnitz computing center. Number one is the 'Earth Simulator' from NEC, which with its 5,120 CPUs achieves an incredible speed of 40 trillion (40,000,000,000,000) floating point operations per second. Note floating point operations (floating point) not integers -Operations (integers) as one might at first believe with the huge number. However, these hundreds of millions of dollars expensive supercomputers are also subject to change in technology, so that they will probably be old iron in 10 years, when silicon technology is at its end If you want to know more about supercomputers, have a look at Top500.org .