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Nvidia and AMD Inside Titan: Fastest Supercomputer on Earth

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Replaces Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Sequoia at the top spot.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan supercomputer is now the most powerful machine on the planet.

The machine, which is powered via Nvidia's graphics processors and AMD computer chips, knocked off the top spot previously occupied by another U.S. machine, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Sequoia.

Sequoia, a system that utilizes IBM processors, became the top computer in June due to a performance of 16.32 petaflops a second. Titan bested Sequoia with a result of 17.59 petaflops per second.

Built by Cray, the supercomputer is operated in Tennessee as part of the Department of Energy's network of research labs. Titan will be used by researchers from academia, government labs and several industries in order to research topics such as alternative fuels and climate change.

The machine combines graphics chips (GPUs) and standard microprocessors. Nvidia provides the GPUs, while AMD supplies the CPUs.

 

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    epileptic , November 13, 2012 5:47 PM
    17.59 petaflops per second: isn't per second redundant with the ps in flops?
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    mapesdhs , November 13, 2012 5:50 PM
    Zak,

    Writing, "petaflops per second", is redundant. 'petaflops' already includes 'per second', hence
    the 'ps' at the end, or does Titan exhibit the world's first excelarative performance? ;) 

    Other than that, thanks for the update! Surprised it was only 17.59 though, I was expecting
    it to be higher.

    Ian.

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    Devoteicon , November 13, 2012 6:05 PM
    nerd rage all up in this bitch
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    blazorthon , November 13, 2012 5:29 PM
    It'll be a short lived crowning title :) 
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    Anonymous , November 13, 2012 5:40 PM
    Why this supercomputer *** always so Cray?
  • 24 Hide
    epileptic , November 13, 2012 5:47 PM
    17.59 petaflops per second: isn't per second redundant with the ps in flops?
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    mapesdhs , November 13, 2012 5:50 PM
    Zak,

    Writing, "petaflops per second", is redundant. 'petaflops' already includes 'per second', hence
    the 'ps' at the end, or does Titan exhibit the world's first excelarative performance? ;) 

    Other than that, thanks for the update! Surprised it was only 17.59 though, I was expecting
    it to be higher.

    Ian.

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    blazorthon , November 13, 2012 5:58 PM
    mapesdhsZak,Writing, "petaflops per second", is redundant. 'petaflops' already includes 'per second', hencethe 'ps' at the end, or deso Titan exhibit the world's first excelarative performance? Other than that, thanks for the update! Surprised it was only 17.59 though, I was expectingit to be higher.Ian.


    I'm pretty sure that "excelerative" isn't a word and even if it was, it'd probably be spelled more like accelarative.

    Regardless, good catch on that.
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    Devoteicon , November 13, 2012 6:05 PM
    nerd rage all up in this bitch
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    Anonymous , November 13, 2012 6:10 PM
    But can it run Crysis?
  • 8 Hide
    kracker , November 13, 2012 6:11 PM
    If I hear "But can it run Crysis" one moar time I'm gonna go mad, it's way too old.
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    f-14 , November 13, 2012 6:15 PM
    MisterZedBut can it run Crysis?

    it beat it in .005 seconds, how about you man, how long did it take you to beat it?
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    ohim , November 13, 2012 6:18 PM
    Am i the only one surprised that the worlds`s fastest super computer has AMD CPUs at heart ?
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    mikeangs2004 , November 13, 2012 6:19 PM
    I want Xeon Phi's instead of Tesla's
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    ohim , November 13, 2012 6:21 PM
    what , you have a supercomputer in your bedroom and want that or what ?
  • 5 Hide
    realibrad , November 13, 2012 6:52 PM
    ohimwhat , you have a supercomputer in your bedroom and want that or what ?


    Yes, imagine the amount of porn you could watch with a super computer....
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    ohim , November 13, 2012 7:20 PM
    why do i get negatives for asking the AMD CPU question ? i wasn`t making any fun about it ... just being used to see Intel in there not AMD ...
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    warmon6 , November 13, 2012 7:23 PM
    Thomas Creelcool and all but what r these computers good 4



    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=supercomputer
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    sonofliberty08 , November 13, 2012 7:37 PM
    i miss the K8 + nforce/geforce tag team good old days......
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    dragonsqrrl , November 13, 2012 7:49 PM
    Thomas Creelcool and all but what r these computers good 4

    For this...

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6421/inside-the-titan-supercomputer-299k-amd-x86-cores-and-186k-nvidia-gpu-cores/3
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    dragonsqrrl , November 13, 2012 7:56 PM
    ohimwhy do i get negatives for asking the AMD CPU question ? i wasn`t making any fun about it ... just being used to see Intel in there not AMD ...

    They went with AMD because at the time when "Jaguar" was in development, back in the good old K8 days, AMD had the superior architecture. So as the system evolves the choice to go with Opteron's simply stems from that time.

    "If you're curious about why Titan uses Opterons, the explanation is actually pretty simple. Titan is a large installation of Cray XK7 cabinets, so CPU support is actually defined by Cray. Back in 2005 when Jaguar made its debut, AMD's Opterons were superior to the Intel Xeon alternative. The evolution of Cray's XT/XK lines simply stemmed from that point, with Opteron being the supported CPU of choice."

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6421/inside-the-titan-supercomputer-299k-amd-x86-cores-and-186k-nvidia-gpu-cores/2
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    whiteodian , November 13, 2012 8:12 PM
    mapesdhsWhen will we be able to edit our posts?...Ian.
    You already can. Go to the top of the comments and choose "Read the comments on the forums" Then go to your comment and click the quickedit button.
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