TOP500, the definitive voice of supercomputer statistics, has today confirmed King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) operates the Middle East’s most powerful supercomputer, Shaheen III, with key details about its capabilities revealed at SC23, the international conference for supercomputing. Shaheen III is also ranked 20th in the world rankings.

Jian Weng’s journey to becoming a researcher began two decades ago when his family acquired their first computer. KAUST’s newest assistant professor of computer science was instantly fascinated by this seemingly “magical device” and quickly became driven by a desire to understand its inner workings.