Sun Constellation System Takes 3 of Top 5 Nehalem Spots on Top500

The latest Top500 list was published today and three of the top five supercomputers based on Intel Nehalem CPUs were Sun Constellation Systems.

Sandia National Labs Red Sky supercomputer becomes a new system on the Top 10, entering the list at number 10 and edging out last June's number 10 entry the Juelich Juropa supercomputer which moves to 13th position on the Top500. KISTI's Tachyonll supercomputer enters the Top500 list at position 14. Quite amazing for its staying power on the Top500 and testimony to the TACC's Ranger supercomputer, which first appeared on the Top500 list in June 2008 at position 5 finds itself at postion 9 on the current Top500 list.

Other Sun entries in the Top100 included TiTech's TSUBAME system at position 56, and talk about staying power, TSUBAME entered the Top500 in June 2006 at position 7. CLUMEQ enters the list at position 63, and with an entire empty floor of their unique silo data center available for expansion, CLUMEQ is one site Top500 watchers should keep close watch on in the future. USC, despite losing to Stanford in US College Football this weekend, managed position 71, barely ahead of Clemson at position 79. Clemson CTO Jim Pepin won't comment on if he has a personal goal to overtake his longtime previous employer USC on the Top500 list, but one thing is for sure, on a global basis, the Top500 list has for many years created a competitive spirit among commercial, university, and government supercomputer sites and no doubt done a fare amount through that competition to advance the state of the art.

While Sun Constellation Systems have a much briefer history on the Top500 than many other vendors' systems, we are proud to have more than doubled the number of Sun systems on the current list, including an amazing 3 of the top 5 Intel Nehalem based systems.

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