June 23, 2009, 6:00 am
The June edition of the Top500 list is in the wild as of today; you can check it out at Top500.org. As you know we don‚Äôt spend too much time on the list here at insideHPC. I don‚Äôt object to the list itself, but I do believe that it has been allowed far too much importance in our community ‚Äî I‚Äôve worked with Congressmen and high-ranking government officials and corporate types, so yes I understand it‚Äôs utility in that regard, but that isn‚Äôt an excuse for us to allow the shorthand to replace real thinking.
Some things I noted in the new list:
The two systems from Germany ‚Äî the upgraded JUGENE, scoring 825 TFLOPS at number 3 and JUROPA, scoring 245 TFLOPS at number 10 ‚Äî are the only non-US systems in the Top10. The second 10 are a little more diverse, with five more systems (from Canada, Saudi Arabia, India, France, and China) rounding out the Top20…