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Top 500 Supercomputer Total Performance

AI Progress Essay Contest

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In the seven decades since the invention of the point-contact transistor at Bell Labs, relentless progress in the development of semiconductor devices — Moore’s law — has been achieved despite regular warnings from industry observers about impending limits.

The TOP500 project collects and ranks system performance metrics of the most powerful non-distributed computer systems in the world. The project was started in 1993 and publishes an updated list of the supercomputers twice a year. The first of these updates always coincides with the International Supercomputing Conference in June, and the second is presented at the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference in November.

The TOP500 ranks high-performance computing (HPC) by recording how fast a computer system solves a dense n by n system of linear equations in double precision (64 bits) arithmetic on distributed-memory computers (TOP500, 2019). This is an implementation of the High Performance Computing Linpack Benchmark.

Historical data for TOP500 can be found here. Please make a copy by clicking "file" and then "make a copy" if you wish to edit it.

What will be the sum of the performance (in exaFLOPS) of the top 500 supercomputers in the following dates?

The following sub-questions will resolve as the sum of performance (at Rmax) in exaFLOPS (1 exaFLOP = FLOPS) of all supercomputers listed by TOP500 for the respective date.

This question will resolve as Ambiguous if TOP500 stops reporting performance in terms of Rmax measured in TFlop/s on the Linpack benchmark.

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