Three Saudi supercomputers rank on Top500 list

Little change on Top500 list as China's Tianhe-2 retains top slot

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Three Saudi supercomputers rank on Top500 list Saudi Arabia is the only country in the Middle East with HPC systems that rank on the's list of supercomputers.
By  Mark Sutton Published  June 30, 2014

Three supercomputing systems in Saudi Arabia have made the latest version of's list of the world's fastest super computers.

The list, which is published twice yearly, ranks super computing systems on the Linpack benchmark.

King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology's SANAM system was ranked at 70th on the list, with a performance of 532.6 Teraflops/s. Saudi Aramco's Makman system was in 84th place, rated at 441.8 Teraflops/s maximum performance, and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology's Shaheen system, with a maximum performance of 190.9 Teraflops/s, was 272nd.

The list was largely unchanged this year, with only one new entry in the top ten. The Tianhe-2 system, a supercomputer developed by China's National University of Defense Technology, topped the list for the third time. Tianhe-2 recorded a peak performance of 33.86 Pflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) on the Linpack benchmark.

The US has the most number of systems on the list, with 265 systems. China has increased its share to 76 systems, nearly as many as the UK, France and Germany combined.

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