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China retains the number one spot on the TOP500 list for the eight consecutive year

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The latest edition of the Top500 supercomputers was released on 19 June. The United States and China continue to lead the pack in terms of total number of systems, with 169 and 160 respectively, though the US is no longer represented in the top three - the first time since 1996. 

This is due to the rise of the Swiss Piz Daint supercomputer, which is now in third place. Nevertheless, the US hosts five of the top ten systems.

Other finding of the June report include the growth in overall performance of the Top500, which has risen to 749 petaflops - a jump of 32 percent from a year ago.  Meanwhile Intel has continued its dominance, with its Xeon or Xeon Phi chips found in 444 of the 500 supercomputers.

As for system vendors, HPE has the most top 500 systems, with 144 - 25 of which were built by SGI, which HPE acquired in 2016. It is followed by Lenovo, with 88, and Cray, with 57. Cray continues to lead with regards to overall processing power, claiming 21.4 percent of the list's total performance.

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