The federal government maintained its leadership in supercomputing with five of the top 10 of the world’s most powerful machines under its management, according to a biannual list of the top supercomputers.
However, a Japanese supercomputer called K computer–run by the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science and developed by Fujitsu–remained No. 1 on the list for the second straight time, a position the feds are vying for with the development of a new supercomputer called Titan.
Four supercomputers run by the Department of Energy (DOE) and one by NASA remained among the top 10 most powerful in the world, all of them holding steady at their positions from a list of the top machines published in June.
Supercomputers on the biannual list are ranked by how quickly they can run calculations according to Linpack, a benchmark application developed to solve a complex system of linear equations.
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