NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – In the 43rd edition of the Top500 list, released this week, "Avoca," the 65,536-core IBM BlueGene/Q supercomputer owned by Australia's Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative is still the fastest life science supercomputer in the world.

The system, which clocks in at 715.6 teraflops is now No. 57 on the list of the world's fastest supercomputers, down from the No. 48 spot it held in the November version of the twice-yearly ranking.

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