Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of Nov. 23


The Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Lab is the second-most powerful system in the Top500 list, which was released this wee. (Photo: Oak Ridge)

For your weekend reading, here’s a recap of five noteworthy stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this past week.

China’s Milkyway-2 Remains the World’s Top Supercomputer – China’s Milkyway-2 supercomputer remains the most powerful supercomputer in the world. Milkyway 2, also known as Tianhe-2, has retained the number one ranking on the twice-yearly Top500 list of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.

Top 10 Supercomputers, Illustrated, Nov. 2013 – The twice-a-year list of the Top 500 supercomputers documents the most powerful systems on the planet. Many of these supercomputers are striking not just for their processing power, but for their design and appearance as well. Here’s a look at the top finishers in the latest Top 500 list, which was released earlier today at the SC13 supercomputing conference in Denver.

Facebook Ops: Each Staffer Manages 20,000 Servers – Facebook has been an industry leader in building its Internet infrastructure for scalability. That includes the scalability of the people that work in the company’s data centers. Each Facebook data center operations staffer can manage at least 20,000 servers, and for some admins the number can be as high as 26,000 systems, according to Delfina Eberly, Director of Data Center Operations at Facebook.

HP, Fidelity Say Modular Designs Are Enterprise-Ready – Modular designs are driving significant cost savings in creating mission-critical data centers at Fidelity Investments and HP, who say their experience demonstrates that modular designs are ready to deliver high availability for enterprise workloads.The two companies shared case studies yesterday at the 7×24 Exchange 2013 Fall Conference.

Submerged Supercomputer Named World’s Most Efficient System – Green Revolution Cooling has touted immersion cooling as the most energy-efficient approach to high performance computing. Today it received a major affirmation when a Japanese system was named the world’s most efficient supercomputer, placing atop the Green 500 by using a combination of CPUs and graphics processing units (GPUs) immersed in GRC’s cooling fluid.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.