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I absolutely love the world “supercomputer”. It conjures up images of incredible intelligence, problem solving and world-changing events. Obviously it also makes the geekier part of me think of Skynet, but I think that could very well be entirely normal! In an interesting release, ASUS has just revealed that the ESC4000/FDR G2 servers have pushed two supercomputers to positions 52 and 364 in the 2013 TOP500 table.

These same supercomputers were ranked in the 4th and 194th positions in the June 2013 Green500 list for the most energy efficient supercomputers in the world. And these are impressive results when you consider the stringent guidelines that must be adhered to in order to achieve a rank.

These servers are part of the SANAM high-performing cluster that’s a joint supercomputing project for national scientific research. The cluster was designed by the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Saudi Arabia. Fascinating stuff, no?

The ASUS-powered SANAM cluster has a total processing power of – wait for it, wait for it – 532.6 teraflops. That is just so cool. The ASUS ESC4000/FDR G2 boasts the very latest in HPC technology and has all sorts of features that supercomputer owners everywhere rather enjoy having. It’s kind of like the ultimate rig but only for people who have pots of cash and the technology to power it. Still, it doesn’t stop me from wanting one of these for my secret underground laboratory. That I don’t have. Yet…

The real drivers behind these announcements are the energy efficiency and the superior computing power offered by these ASUS servers. They are highly respected slices of technology that have the right feature sets and quality and reliability demanded by the world of supercomputing.  You can take a look at the various organisations by clicking on the links above. Honestly, it is fascinating stuff and it does boggle the mind at how much is going on behind the scenes to further the cause of humanity and discover more about the world we live in.

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