Titan towers over 'Top 500' supercomputer list

Titan towers over 'Top 500' supercomputer list

Summary: The 40th edition of the Top500 supercomputers has named the newly installed Titan, a Cray XK7 system that achieved 17.59 Petaflop/s, as the fastest supercomputer in the world.


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  • The Oak Ridge National Laboratory officially turned on the switch for its new supercomputer, Titan, just in time to claim the title of "World's Fastest Supercomputer" by Top500. This marks the 20th year for Tip500 and its 40th list.

    Titan is a Cray XK7 system that hit 17.59 Petaflop/s (quadrillions
    of calculations per second) on the Linpack benchmark. It features 560,640 processors, including 261,632 Nvidia K20x accelerator cores.

  • The former No. 1 supercomputer is Sequoia. Sequoia which is an IBM BlueGene/Q system. It's installed at the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration at the Livermore National Laboratory.

     Sequoia achieved 16.32 petaflop/s on the Linpack benchmark using 1,572,864 cores. Sequoia is the first system with one million or more cores.

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  • It looks like a row of soda machines

    But at least it runs Linux.
  • Moore's Law for Supercomputer Power ~2x per Year

    So 2012's winner is ~284,000 times the speed of the 1993 winner, that gives an average yearly increase of 94% - very impressive!
    Scrappy T