List of Top Ten Supercomputers in the World

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 23:09 -- Umar Farooq

Tianhe-2 (Milkway-2)

Since 2013, Tianhe-2 is consecutively the most powerful computer in the world on top500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers


location National Super Computer Center
Manufacturer National University of Defense Technology (NUDT)
Cores 3120,000
Memory 1024000 GB
Processor Intel Xeon E5-2692v2 12C 2.2GHz
Operating System Kylin Linux
Cost $390 million

Tianhe-2 China

Titan - Cray XK7

It was launched on October 29, 2012 by Cray Inc. and added to top500 list in November, 2012


location Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee
Manufacturer Cray Inc.
Cores 560,640
Memory 710144 GB
Processor Opteron 6274 16C 2.2GHz
Operating System Cray Linux Environment
Cost $97 million


A former Top Ranker IMB Sequoia was launched and deployed on site LLNL in June 2012. It was designed by IBM for National Nuclear Security Laboratory. Sequoia is used for nuclear weapons simulation. It can also be used for climate change, astronomy and human genome.


location Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory California, USA
Manufacturer IBM
Cores 1,572,864
Rmax 17,173.2 TFlop/s
Memory 1,572,864 GB
Processor Power BQC 16C 1.6GHz
Operating System Linux

K Computer Japan

K computer is the one the world’s fastest computers in Japan capable of 10.51 petaflops. It is named after the Japanese word Kei which means 10 quadrillion.  It is designed by Fujitsu and sponsored by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology MEXT. It can be used for global climate change and disaster prevention. It annual running cost is approximately $10 million.


location RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) Kobe, Japan
Manufacturer Fujitsu
Cores 705,024
Rmax 10,510 TFlop/s
Memory 1,410,048 GB
Processor SPARC64 VIIIfx 8C 2GHz
Operating System Linux
Cost $1.25 billion

IMB Mira

Currently the world fifth fattest supercomputer designed by IBM and United States Department of Energy. Mira is best energy efficient. Mira is useful in fields of scientific research including cosmology, computational chemistry, seismology, weather, nuclear engineering, quantum chromodynamics and climatology.


location Argonne National Laboratory, United States
Manufacturer IBM
Cores 786,432
Rmax 8,586.61 TFlop/s
Memory 768 TiB
Processor Power BQC 16C 1.6GHz
Operating System Linux
Cost Not mentioned by IBM
Space 1,632 sq feet

Trinity – Cray XC40

Trinity – Cray XC40 is next generation supercomputer designed by Cray Inc. for Los Alamos National Laboratory New Mexico. It will provide simulations for stockpile stewardship program. On top500 list trinity ranked sixth.

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