Lenovo remains the most popular supercomputer vendor

Chinese brands shipped the most systems, while companies in the United States produced top performers.

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Lenovo remains the most popular supercomputer vendor

Lenovo, one of the world’s largest PC brands, is the most popular supercomputer vendor, with 173 systems sold by the company making their way into the latest Top500 supercomputer list published on Monday.

The Top500 list ranks the fastest supercomputers installed in the past year.

This is the second time for the Beijing-based company to have the greatest number of systems on the roster.

Chinese supercomputer vendors Inspur (formerly Langchao) and Sugon followed Lenovo’s lead, with 71 and 63 systems, respectively, making the list.

Chinese entities own the most supercomputers—219 out of 500. The United States has 116 systems, ranking the second by the number of systems. Japan claims third place with 29 systems.

Supercomputers are systems with high level performances and they are most commonly used in research in quantum mechanics, weather forecasting, climate research, oil and gas exploration, molecular modelling and physical simulations. 

When it comes to performance, the United States tops the chart with 38.4% of the top 500 systems’ performance total. The two top performing supercomputer systems, Summit and Sierra, are both owned by the United States.

China, despite having 103 more supercomputer systems than the United States, accounted for 29.9% of the performance total.