April 1, 2020

Top 10 Fastest Computers in the World 2016 – How much faster is a supercomuter than a PC or iPad Pro

Top 10 Fastest Computers or supercomputers in the World – How much faster are they compared to a PC or iPad Pro 2016

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10. Stampede (USA)
9. Shaheen II (Saudi Arabia)
8. Hazel Hen (Germany)
7. Piz Daint (Switzerland)
6. Trinity (USA)
5. Mira (USA)
4. K Computer (Japan)
3. Sequoia (USA)
2. Titan (USA)
1. Tianhe-2 Milky Way 2 (China)

Linpack benchmark software here : https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/intel-mkl-benchmarks-suite

If you need to model things like the worlds weather, nuclear reactions, molecular dynamics or simulate the first few seconds after the big bang, you’re going to need some pretty serious computing power but just how much more powerful are the top 10 supercomputers compared to the PC on your desktop or the latest iPad Pro for example.

A FLOP is a calculation that would be either adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing 2 numbers with decimal points in them.
For example, 10.545 multiplied by 6.387 would be a single FLOP. Modern computers can do this billions of times per second.
At the time of making this video Feb 2016 the latest iPad Pro with the A9x dual core cpu is capable of about 1.5 gigaflops, that’s 1.5 thousand million FLOPS per second

Typical $1000 pc with a single Intel 5820 6 core CPU is capable of around 100 GigaFLOPS that’s 66 times more that the iPad pro

Because supercomputers are so much powerful they are measured in PetaFLOPS. 1 PetaFLOP is equal to 1000 TeraFLOPs and 1 TeraFLOP is = 1000 GigaFLOPS and remember our PC was 100 GigaFLOPS and the Ipad Pro 1.5 GigaFLOPS

A petaflop is equal to about one million billion calculations per second.
10 Stampede super computer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, United States
it has a maximum Linpack performance of 5.1 PFLOPS, that’s
That’s equivalent to 51,000 of our PC’s or 3.4M iPad pro’s. It has 462,462 processing cores, 192 Terabytes of RAM and consumes a maximum of 4.5 Mw of power

9 Shaheen II – Cray XC40 , at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
it has a maximum Linpack performance of 5.5 PFLOPS.
Thats equivalent to 55,000 of our PC’s or 3.66M iPad pro’s.
It has 196,608 processing cores, 790 Terabytes of RAM and consumes a maximum of 2.8 Mw of power.

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21 thoughts on “Top 10 Fastest Computers in the World 2016 – How much faster is a supercomuter than a PC or iPad Pro

  1. a flops is not a plural of the unit. flop is just the operation, flops is the number of operations per second

  2. An equally impressive figure is how much faster an individual's computer can be vs the supercomputers of the past. I'm blessed with the blistering Threadripper 1950x which can crank out an even 1Tflop at 4 Ghz. That's equivalent to two Cray-IIs supercomputers from the time when I got my first computer, an Apple ][+.

  3. The Chinese supercomputer soon to be overtaken by the new one the USA is building. NVIDIA and IBM are building this beast. Can't wait to see what it is capable of. All those SC's and still no cure for cancer, makes you wonder if any are being used for good or just military type uses.

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