The half-yearly list (June 2014) of the world’s fastest supercomputers, maintained by Top500.org is out. India, which at one time, was home to the 4th fastest supercomputer in the world, continues with its downward journey in the ranking.
The country’s fastest supercomputer, an IBM-based system at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, ranks a lowly 52nd rank globally. The same system, a year back, was ranked 36th fastest in the world. With with no improvement in its LINPACK performance, which is used to rank these systems, its rank dropped to 44 in the November 2013 list, before dropping further in the latest list.
The chart shows the highest ranks an Indian supercomputer obtained in all the successive lists starting with November 2003, when a supercomputer at Tata Sons, occupied the 4th rank globally.
THE HIGHEST RANKING INDIAN SUPERCOMPUTER
The top slot in the recent list, released on Monday, 23rd June 2014, is taken by a Chinese supercomputer. China, which has 76 supercomputers in the list of top 500, has continued to climb the ranking, both in terms of number of supercomputers in the list, as well as highest performance/rank. Here is a comparison of how India and China have fared in the list. The parameter is number of supercomputers in the list of top 500.
INDIA VS CHINA
Here are the top countries in the list, in terms of number of sites featuring in the list
TOP SUPERCOMPUTING COUNTRIES: NO OF SUPERCOMPUTERS IN TOP 500