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