World’s 500 Fastest Supercomputers in Just 600×300 Pixels

The BBC displays 59 pages of supercomputing statistics on one-third of a page.

June 1, 2010

The June 2010 Top500 list of today’s most powerful number-crunching machines is out. If you’re wondering which machines are the speediest, which operating systems dominate, which countries lead the supercomputing industry, or whether these processing giants are used for building airplanes or modeling black holes, you can download the 59-page statistics report compiled by the Top500.org team.


You can click around on a colorful 1/3-page treemap the BBC produced. Check out that hunky purple rectangle, representing China’s #2-ranking system, called Nebula, that the supercomputing world has been buzzing about. And if you weren’t aware that Linux has very nearly monopolized supercomputer operating systems, well, you will be now.

Check it out! http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10187248.stm

About the Author

Ariel Bleicher

Ariel Bleicher studied mathematics and world literature at Scripps College in California. In pursuit of adventure, she moved to Alaska, where she explored the Alaska Range in mountaineering boots and freelanced as a science writer for the Arctic Regions Supercomputing Center. Her writing has appeared in The Anchorage Press, Portland Monthly magazine and on TheScientist.com.


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