Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


ORNL supercomputer ranked world's 10th fastest

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 15, 2006 — The upgraded Cray XT3 system at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory ranks No. 10 in the world with on the 28th edition of the TOP500 Supercomputers list (http://www.top500.org/lists/2006/11) released Nov. 14.

The latest edition of the list, which is published every June and November, was presented at SC06, the international conference of high performance computing and networking, held Nov. 11-17 in Tampa, Fla.

The new TOP500 list, as well as the previous 27 lists, can be found on the Web at http://www.top500.org/

ORNL's Doug Kothe says performing 54 trillion calculations per second enables users to conduct complex research one can't do on a plain desktop.

"These are large systems that are very complex to operate," Kothe said.

"Having one of the largest in the top 500 is important because it shows the country and the Department of Energy - our principal stakeholder -- that Oak Ridge National Lab knows how to field, operate and deliver a large supercomputing system."

Kothe said the lab's supercomputing progress is phenomenal.

"These large systems - and Oak Ridge is No. 10 - can deliver fantastic science that systems just a year ago could not think about delivering."

ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.