IBM Corp. is easily beating the competition in building supercomputers that not only perform complicated calculations at breathtaking speed but make energy efficiency a top priority, according to a new report.
The Armonk-based technology has designed 18 of the the top 20 most energy efficient supercomputers in the world, according to the latest Supercomputing “Green500 List” compiled by Green500.org.
“Modern supercomputers can no longer focus only on raw performance,” said David Turek, vice president of deep computing at IBM. “To be commercially viable these systems most also be energy efficient.”
The most energy efficient system in the world is an IBM supercomputer at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modeling at the University of Warsaw in Poland.
The world’s fastest supercomputer, an IBM model at Los Alamos National Laboratories in New Mexico, is ranked the fourth most energy efficient supercomputer in the world.
Other energy efficient supercomputers are being used for astronomy, climate prediction, pharmaceutical research and other applications. Fifty-seven of the top 100 positions on the list were IBM machines.
“IBM has a rich history of innovation that has significantly increased energy efficiency of our systems at all levels of the system that are designed to simultaneously reduce data center costs and energy use,” Turek said.