Welcome to the Petaflop Club: Top 500’s New Milestone

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The latest Top 500 supercomputers list reveals that for the first time ever, all entrants deliver a petaflop or more on the High Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark, with the entry level to the list now at 1.022 petaflops. (That’s nearly double last June’s figure, when there were 272 petaflop-scale supercomputers on the Top 500 list.)

(A petaflop is one thousand trillion, or one quadrillion, operations per second. The most powerful supercomputer on the list can, theoretically, make as many calculations in one second as approximately 6.3 billion

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