Well, I’m covering it, so come to think of it I guess their strategy works.
SC Online had news today of the release of the 8th Top50 most powerful supers in Russia and former Soviet Union countries. Interesting stat? Only two of the top 10 machines were in the top 10 on the previous list, and the top five are all new.
The 8th edition of the list shows a skyrocketing increase of performance of the most powerful computers in Russia and CIS. Total Linpack performance has increased from 61.6 TFlops to 197.3 TFlops (by 220.3%) within half a year – an unparalleled increase for the entire life of the list. New systems, including those upgraded over the last half a year, comprise 56% of the list (28 out of 50 installations).
The full press release discusses in some detail the top 6 computers, which range from a 47 TFLOPS jobby down to a 9 TFLOPS system. As a point of reference, number 1 on the Top500 list is 478 TFLOPS, or 2.4x the FLOPS of the entire Russian Top50. I’m just saying.
What kinds of machines are these?
Most of Top50 computers are based on Intel processors (38 systems as compared to 31 half a year ago). The list also includes 6 AMD processor-based systems (9 in the previous edition), 5 IBM processor-based systems (unchanged from the previous edition) and 1 HP processor-based system (5 in September).