The fastest of the fast
As we reported yesterday, the fastest of the fast supercomputers was chosen at the 17th International Supercomputer Conference in Heidelberg. As expected, the 'Earth Simulator' from NEC replaced the previous leader, the ASCI White from IBM, as the fastest computer in the world.
The NEC supercomputer is used to research weather phenomena such as the El Niño effect or global warming. In doing so, it obtains its data from a wide variety of sensors, such as satellites, buoys on the seas or other earth observation stations. The 'Earth Simulator' has been in operation since March of this year in a 50x65 meter building of the Yokohama Institute for Earth Science in Yokohama. With its 5,120 vector CPUs, distributed over 640 nodes, it has a computing power of 40 teraflops, which is currently almost a fifth of the total computing power of all supercomputers in the world. The list of the Top500 fastest computers in the world can be found here .