A public cloud service has ranked among the most powerful supercomputers for the first time

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At last year’s SC19 conference, Microsoft Azure unveiled is HBv2 virtual machine clusters with the bold claim that they “rival the most advanced supercomputers on the planet”.

Just a year later at the virtual Supercomputing 2020 (SC20) event, the software giant has revealed that its public cloud computing service has joined the ranks of the world’s most powerful data-intensive supercomputers by placing 17th on the prestigious Graph500 list. According to Microsoft, this is the first time a public cloud has placed on the Graph500 and as the company’s HBv2 VMs yield 1,151 GTEPs (Giga-Traversed Edges Per Second), Azure’s placement on the list ranks among the top six percent all-time for published submissions.

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