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Cenaero takes the 85th position in the Green500 list

[29/07/2008]
Cenaero made recently a remarkable entry in the Top500 list of the most powerful supercomputers.  In addition to that, Cenaero is now ranked at the 85th position of the Green500.
 
The purpose of this list is to provide a ranking of the most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world and serve as a complementary view to the TOP500.
 
For decades now, the notion of "performance" has been synonymous with "speed" (as measured in FLOPS, short for floating-point operations per second). This particular focus has led to the emergence of supercomputers that consume egregious amounts of electrical power and produce so much heat that extravagant cooling facilities must be constructed to ensure proper operation.
 
In addition, the emphasis on speed as the performance metric has caused other performance metrics to be largely ignored, e.g., reliability, availability, and usability. As a consequence, all of the above has led to an extraordinary increase in the total cost of ownership (TCO) of a supercomputer.  Therefore, to raise awareness to other performance metrics of interest, e.g., performance per watt and energy efficiency for improved reliability, a complementary list to the TOP500 – the Green500 list has been established.
 
In line with its R&D involvment in sustainable or greener energies (e.g. involvement in ETN an EWEA), Cenaero is proud to announce that its computing facilities have a very reasonable environmental footprint with respect to its computing capacities.


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