Top 10 Supercomputers

JuQUEEN (Germany)
JuQUEEN lives in a research center in Juelich, Germany. © Oliver Berg/dpa/Corbis

JuQUEEN also runs on the IBM BlueGene/Q platform, with max performance of 5 petaflops on about 459,000 cores. While many computers on the list have been around for the last couple years, JuQUEEN was built in 2012 as a replacement for another system, JUGENE, which was the ninth fastest system on the November 2010 TOP500.

Researchers at the Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance can submit proposals for projects to justify using some of JuQUEEN's cores, and if approved, they get to carve out some time with one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. Time on this and two other powerful German supercomputers, SuperMUC and HERMIT (39th on the TOP500 list), can be requested through the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) and the Partnership for Advance Computing in Europe (PRACE).