Linux powers Supercomputers. (All of them.)

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Linux has been the undisputed king of servers for quite some time now.  But, with the latest Top 500 report (a regular list of the 500 fastest super computers in the world)… something interesting happened.

For the first time in history, the 500 fastest super computers all (without exception) are powered by Linux.

Every.  Single.  One.

Sorry Microsoft.  (Not that sorry.)

There’s even a handy-dandy pie chart showing the usage of various operating system families in use by these 500, mega-crazy-fast computers.  Quite possibly the best pie chart I’ve ever seen.

If you look at the very top of the list, you’ll find something rather amazing.

There is a super computer (Linux powered, naturally) capable of over 100 petaflops of processing power — 125 petaflops, to be precise.  Roughly 2 and a half times faster than the next fastest-in-the-world super computer.

This computer, the Sunway TaihuLight, is powered by 40,960 RISC processors, with a total of 10,649,600 individual CPU cores.  Yeah.  You read that right.  10 million cores.

Each of those processors, the SW26010, runs at a clock speed of 1.45 GHz.

How much memory does it have?  1.3 petabytes.

Absolutely massive.

All of this is located in the Wuxi Super Computer Center in China.  (Worth noting: The second fastest computer in the world, Tianhe-2, is also located in China.)