Since last November, another five spots on this biennial list are taken by systems based on HP server blades. On the latest list, I count 206 of the 500 fastest computer systems in the world -- over 41% -- as being powered by HP BladeSystem.
Some of the highlights really show how far high performance systems have come -- and how quickly they change:
- Quad-Core processors are used in about 75% of the systems. Only 4 systems still use single-core processors.
- The total combined performance of all 500 systems has
grown 33% from just 6 months ago.
- The slowest system on this June, 2009 list would have placed right in the middle -- number 274 -- of last November's list.
The latest Top 500 supercomputer list just got released. BladeSystem c-Class was well represented once again. With 201 entries (40.2%) of the top 500, it has the most entries of any product line. The ever popular ProLiant BL460c made up the most entries, but we also had strong showings of the BL465c and the two-in-one blade the BL2x220c, and the BL685c 4-way blade made a showing as well. BladeSystem supercomputers are used for university and government research, weather modeling, semiconductor development, automotive, telecom, IT services, web infrastructure, financial services, rendering, and many other applications. I'm sure Dell was excited with their new blades line as well. Since they like to compare their blades with HP BladeSystem, I thought I would share how the two compared on the Top500 list:
- HP BladeSystem had 199 more entries in the top 500 list than Dell's new blades
- HP had 39.8% more share than Dell's new blades (40.2% vs. 0.4%)
- HP had 100.5 times more entries than Dell's new blades
Dell's new blades accounted for two entries. Congratulations Dell!
Okay enough of these comparisons. We're excited to see so many customers from Audi to Zeta and lots of customers in between using BladeSystem. If you would like to see a listing of companies building supercomputers with BladeSystem, go check out the top 500 website listing and sort by vendor.