Canterbury makes supercomputer Top 500

University machine is only NZ one to make list

Canterbury's new supercomputer, and IBM BlueGene/L, has made the global Top 500 ranking for supercomputers, the only New Zealand-based supercomputer to do so. The Canterbury computer boasts 4096 processors, according to the list, compiled by

Top of the list is a California-based system with 131,000 processors.

"For the fourth straight time, the BlueGene/L System development by IBM and the Department of the Environment’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and installed at DOE’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, claimed the number one spot," Top 500 says. "

The BlueGene/L reached a Linpack benchmark performance of 280.6 TFlop/s (“teraflops” or trillions of calculations per second). Two other systems, both made by IBM supercomputing rival Cray, exceeded the level of 100 TFlop/s.

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