Ireland Reaches #1 in TOP500 Supercomputers per capita

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The 9th Irish Supercomputer List was released today. For the first time, Ireland has four computers ranked on the Top500 and Ireland is now ranked number one globally in terms of number of TOP500 supercomputers per capita.

Editor’s note: Since the publication of the List, a third party called the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) has expressed concerns that the press release issued by the Irish Supercomputing List is misleading. You can read their opinion here.

Highlights include:

  • The new list features two new world-class supercomputers that boost the Irish High Performance Computing capacity by nearly one third, up from 3.01 to 4.42 Pflop/s. The new entrants, from two undisclosed software and web services companies, feature at spots 423 and 454 on the 50th Top500 Supercomputer List, with Linpack Rmax scores of 635 and 603 TFlop/s respectively.
  • In terms of performance per capita, Ireland is ranked 4th globally.
  • Ireland has ranked on the Top500 list 33 times over a history of 23 years with a total of 20 supercomputers (full history here). Over half of these rankings (19) and supercomputers (12) have been in the last 6 years, representing Ireland’s increasing pace of High Performance Computing investment.
  • In terms of Top500 installations, Ireland ranks 9th place globally, tied with Australia, India and Saudi Arabia, and 18th in the world in terms of supercomputing performance.
  • The Irish Supercomputer List now ranks 30 machines (2 new, 1 upgraded), with a total of more than 207,000 CPU cores and over 106,000 accelerator cores.

The mission of the Irish Supercomputer List is the promotion, advocacy and advancement of High Performance Computing (HPC) on the island of Ireland. The two primary questions the list seeks to answer are:

  • What is the landscape of HPC in Ireland today?
  • Where does this landscape fit globally?

Previous lists are available here.

The list is now seeking continuous participation with all stakeholders in the Irish HPC community.

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