The semi-annual TOP500 List of the world’s most powerful supercomputers is out this week , crowing a new champion. The Tianhe-2 is now the fastest supercomputer on the planet, clocking in at a record-breaking 33.86 petaflops per second.
But the real champion, once again is Linux.
Linux continues to dominate the Top500 list, now representing 476 systems (95 percent) of the list. There are at least 16 systems powered by Unix, the majority of which are IBM-built machines running AIX. Windows is running on only 3 systems, including Microsoft’s own Windows Azure deployment in Chicago, which is powered by an 151-Gigaflop supercomputer.