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TOP500 Supercomputers for June 2002


19th Edition of TOP500 List of World's Fastest Supercomputers Released MANNHEIM, Germany; KNOXVILLE, Tenn.; & BERKELEY, Calif. In what has become a much-anticipated event in the world of high-performance computing, the 19th edition of the TOP500 list of the worlds fastest supercomputers was released today (June 20, 2002). The recently installed Earth Simulator supercomputer at the Earth Simulator Center in Yokohama, Japan, is as expected the clear new number 1. Its performance of 35.86 Tflop/s (trillions of calculations per second) running the Linpack benchmark is almost five times higher than the performance of the now #2 IBM ASCI White system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (7.2 Tflop/s). This powerful leapfrogging to the top by a system so much faster than the previous top system is unparalleled in the history of the TOP500.

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