SC12, held in Salt Lake City, was no exception. Sequoia, the 16.3 petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per second) IBM BlueGene/Q system at LLNL, dropped to No. 2 on the industry standard Top500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers. The new title holder is Titan, a 17.89 petaflop Cray system, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
These changes reflect the themes raised by SC12 keynote speaker, Michio Kaku, a physicist, futurist and author who told conference attendees that "today's supercomputers are tomorrow's infrastructure."
"The rapid evolution of high performance computing should come as no surprise," said Dona Crawford, associate director for Computation. "The leadership role LLNL plays in supercomputing contributes significantly to the new developments in HPC highlighted at SC."
Sequoia also was selected by readers of HPC Wire , the high performance computing news services, for a 2012 Readers Choice Award. Michel McCoy, head of LLNL's Advanced Simulation and Computing Program, received the award from Tom Tabor, publisher of HPC Wire .