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Linux: It doesn’t get any faster

The Windows’ fan club likes to point out that Windows is far more popular than Linux. The reason for that has nothing to do with quality and everything to do with monopoly. Nothing shows that better than the semi-annual TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. In the latest ranking, where performance is everything and nothing else matters, Windows is stalled out at the starting line, and Linux is lapping the field.

Specifically, Linux has increased its already substantial supercomputer market share to 88.6%. Linux is followed by hybrid Unix/Linux systems with 5.8%; Unix, mostly IBM’s AIX, with 4.4%; and running close to last, Windows HPC (high-performance computing) with 1%. Only BSD, with a single representative on the list, trails Windows.

In the lead at the number 1 spot with 1.105 petaflop/s (quadrillions of floating point operations per second) is the Los Alamos National Laboratory Roadrunner system by IBM. Roadrunner was the first system, to break the petaflop/s Linpack barrier in June 2008.

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One Comment

  1. “If the public hears a lie repeated often enough, they begin to believe it.” –Some Wise Monster

    Microsoft has taken that philosophy about as far as any dirty politician ever did. And they’ve made billions as a result. Why on Earth would they stop?

    Hence, the vast bias in the public’s perception in favor of Windows over Linux. Propaganda is Microsoft’s most successful product, far and away ahead of any of its operating systems. GNU/Linux, thank Linus and Richard, is innocent of such deceits, and can with a clear conscience say its best product is the operating system.

    And I prefer to use my computer with the operating which is the best, not with the lesser OS which merely tries to fool me into believing it is the best.

    I love your articles!