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July 12, 2006
ATLANTA (July 13, 2006)--Georgia Tech’s supercomputer ranks 51 in the world and 6 in the nation according to the newest edition of the TOP500 list, outranking CalTech, MIT, and Carnegie Mellon. Twice a year, a list of the sites operating the 500 most powerful computer systems is assembled and released, and Tech’s supercomputer is one of only 19 at an academic institution that is among the “Top” 100 in the ranking. Georgia Tech’s supercomputer is an IBM BladeCenter LS20, Opteron 2.0 GHz Dual core, GigEthernet.
The TOP500 list started in 1993 to provide a reliable basis for tracking and detecting trends in high-performance computing. This closely watched survey is compiled by a group of German and American academics who determine the best performance on the Linpack benchmark which is used as the measure for ranking the computer systems because it is widely used and performance numbers are available for almost all relevant systems.