Greetings again from the International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany. This picture of the train station in Leipzig is, I'm told, the biggest in Germany. But what’s even bigger? The news of the new Top500 supercomputer champ, announced at ISC’s opening session last Monday. Tianhe-2, a Chinese super built of Intel Xeon and Xeon Phi chips, marks China’s first return to the No. 1 position since 2010.
But the Top500 isn’t the only list that’s causing a buzz here in Leipzig. The Graph500 is another rating of supercomputer systems that focuses on how fast these machines can analyze huge quantities of complex data sets.
And the winner is... Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Sequoia, for the second year in a row.