Saudi Shaheen II enters top 10 supercomputer list

Cray XC40 system at King Abdullah University takes place of seventh most powerful supercomputer

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Shaheen II supercomputer installed at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia has entered the global top 10 list of most powerful supercomputers.

The KAUST Cray XC40 system is now the seventh most powerful supercomputer, the Top500 organisation - which monitors machines with high computing power - said in a press release.

“Shaheen II achieved 5.536 petaflop/s on the Linpack benchmark, making it the highest-ranked Middle East system in the 22-year history of the list and the first to crack the Top 10,” the release said.

China’s Tianhe-2 at the National University of Defense Technology has preserved its leading position for five consecutive times. The other nine systems in the list are either from 2011 or 2012 which “reflects a slowing trend that began in 2008.”

The complete TOP500 list was presented at the 2015 International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt on July 13.

According to KAUST’s website, Shaheen II, which cost around $80 million, has nearly 200,000 x86 processors along with 17.6 petabytes of storage and 790 terabytes of main memory.

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