RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Lenovo, the world’s top seller of PCs, also leads the world in providing supercomputers, according to Top 500, which tracks the world’s high-performance computing industry.

In fact, Lenovo has a larger percentage in market share at 33% than it does in PCs – north of 20% depending on the industry source.

And Lenovo, which centers much of its high-performance computing work in the Triangle, has been No. 1 for five consecutive years, Top 500 says in a new report.

“With a whopping 168 Lenovo ThinkSystems (that’s 33% of the list), the company’s reach is widespread – reaching 19 different global markets from Australia to the United States and many more between. Additionally, sitting atop the Green500 list as the world’s most energy efficient supercomputer, is Flatiron Institute’s Henri system, built on Lenovo technology,” Top 500 says in its June 2023 report.

Lenovo, which operates global headquarters in the Triangle and Beijing, China, leads HPE, which stands second, with 100 machines.

“Lenovo continues to hold true to its vision of being the most trusted partner empowering customers’ intelligent transformation and helping solve humanity’s greatest challenges,” Top 500 adds. “This is increasingly evident in their continued ranking on the TOP500 list and being the partner and provider of one out of every three supercomputers in the world.”

Not to be overlooked is IBM, which has two of the top five most powerful machines. Big Blue ranks 12th with six supercomputers. Two others include IBM technology.

The U.S. tops the world in supercomputers with 150 vs. 134 for China.

The world’s most powerful

The top ranked supercomputer from HPE Cray is located in the U.S.:

Frontier is the No. 1 system in the TOP500. This HPE Cray EX system is the first US system with a performance exceeding one Exaflop/s. It is installed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee, USA, where it is operated for the Department of Energy (DOE). It currently has achieved 1.194 Exaflop/s using 8,699,904 cores. The HPE Cray EX architecture combines 3rd Gen AMD EPYC™ CPUs optimized for HPC and AI, with AMD Instinct™ 250X accelerators, and Slingshot-11 interconnect.

Source: Top 500

Here are some of the leading Lenovo supercomputers, according to Top 500:

  • Leibniz Supercomputing Center (LRZ) | Germany

LRZ of the Bavarian Academy of Science and Humanities is one of the largest academic data centers in Europe. The organization provides high-performance computing resources to researchers from across the continent and is the central IT service provider to two universities in Munich, Germany where complex research projects in physics, cosmology, and the life sciences require the compute performance needed to push boundaries and gain new insights.

  • Korea Meteorological Association (KMA) | South Korea

Based in Seoul, KMA provides weather forecasting and issues warnings to citizens, businesses, and government agencies. The administration is also responsible for observing and researching climate change. KMA operates the National Center for Meteorological Supercomputer (NCMS), the largest supercomputer in Korea, to support vital weather and climate forecasting.

  • Max-Planck-Gesellschaft | Germany

Max Planck Society is one of Germany’s premier research organizations. Backed by high performance computing resources, researchers uncover new discoveries in animal behavior and decision making, anthropology and the study of humankind, and deciphering the mysteries of the universe through astronomy.

  • Shared Services Canada (SSC) | Canada

SSC delivers digital services to Government of Canada organizations and provide modern, secure, and reliable IT services so federal organizations can deliver digital programs and services that meet Canadians needs.

  • Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) | Spain

Climate change. Energy security. Fighting disease. Air quality. To help scientists turn mountains of data into accurate models of our complex world, BSC has a Lenovo supercomputer capable of performing trillions of computations per second, pushing the boundaries of human knowledge.