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WestGrid Machine Ranked 163

New infrastructure recently installed at the University of British Columbia (UBC) was ranked #163 on the 33rd TOP500 list. WestGrid installed an Orcinus - Cluster Platform 3000 BL2x220, E54xx 3.0 Ghz, Infiniband at UBC, purchased earlier this year from Hewlett-Packard.

The 33rd edition of the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers is still led by Roadrunner and Jaguar, but shows that two of the top 10 positions are now claimed by new systems in Germany. The latest listing, to be announced Tuesday, June 23, at the 2009 International Supercomputing Conference, also includes a brand-new player, an IBM BlueGene/P system at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, ranked at No. 14.

The closely watched TOP500 list, issued twice a year, both confers bragging rights on research institutions and manufacturers and serves as a valuable tool for tracking trends in supercomputer performance and architectures. The latest list reflects changes from November 2008 to June 2009.

View the TOP500 list and read the full press release here.