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


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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