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Fujitsu Launches 23 PFlops PRIMEHPC FX10 Supercomputer

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Fujitsu has begun offering a new supercomputer, which the company claims can be scaled to a performance of up to 23.2 PFlops, which would make it the fastest system on the Top500 list and even exceed the upcoming BlueGene/Q-based Sequoia system.

To achieve this performance, the computer would be configured with a total of 1024 racks integrating a total of 98,304 computing nodes and 6 PB of memory. The base configuration has four racks with 384 processors.

What makes this particular announcement interesting is the fact that PRIMEHPC FX10 will be using the SPARC64 IXfx processor, the successor chip to the SPARC64 VIIIfx, which is currently used in the world's fastest supercomputer, K Computer system, in Japan. However, instead of eight cores, the SPARC64 IXfx integrates 16 cores, which means that Fujitsu's 23.2 PFlops supercomputer would boast a stunning 1,572,864 processing cores - more than twice the number of cores in the K Computer's 705,024.

According to Fujitsu, a single SPARC64 IXfx processor will deliver a floating point performance of 236.5 GFlops, about 85 percent more than the SPARC64 VIIIfx, which tops out at 128 GFlops. The company said that the computation efficiency is at about 2 GFlops per watt, which indicates that individual processors will run at about 115 watt at 1.85 GHz.

In comparison, IBM will use a 16-core PowerPC A2 processor in the 20 PFlops Sequoia system which will be installed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in 2012. IBM said that its A2 processor will consume only 30 watts; however, since the company states that the 98,304 computing nodes A2 system will reach just about 20 Flops, we would assume that the A2 is not quite as powerful as the SPARC64 IXfx.

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    sixdegree , November 27, 2011 1:40 PM
    Tom's should do "best supercomputers for the money" for this kind of thing.
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    xx_pemdas_xx , November 27, 2011 12:11 PM
    But will it play cr.. No..
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    amk-aka-Phantom , November 27, 2011 11:09 AM
    Quote:
    however, since the company states that the 98,304 computing nodes A2 system will reach just about 20 Flops, we would assume that the A2 is not quite as powerful as the SPARC64 IXfx.


    Guess not :D 
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    xx_pemdas_xx , November 27, 2011 12:11 PM
    But will it play cr.. No..
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    tanjo , November 27, 2011 12:32 PM
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    we would assume that the A2 is not quite as powerful as the SPARC64 IXfx.

    But not as power hungry. ~18% less compute power for ~3.8x less power consumption.
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    de5_Roy , November 27, 2011 12:42 PM
    16 core cpu eh... interlaaaaagooooos.. did you miss the contract for this supercomputer, amd? ;) 
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    sixdegree , November 27, 2011 1:40 PM
    Tom's should do "best supercomputers for the money" for this kind of thing.
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    Nintendork , November 27, 2011 1:44 PM
    Japanese supercomputers tends to use japanase self made cpu's.
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    Filiprino , November 27, 2011 2:58 PM
    They could put this computer on fukushima nuclear power plant.
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    mikeangs2004 , November 27, 2011 3:33 PM
    interlagos stands no chance against these CPU's
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    icemunk , November 27, 2011 6:05 PM
    Flashback to 2007.
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    icemunk , November 27, 2011 6:07 PM
    mikeangs2004interlagos stands no chance against these CPU's


    dum dum dum dum dum!
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    southernshark , November 27, 2011 6:11 PM
    Just because its running now doesn't it will be in a week.
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    JOSHSKORN , November 27, 2011 7:27 PM
    xX_PEMDAS_XxBut will it play cr.. No..

    Oh hell...it'd better be able to!!!
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    _Cubase_ , November 27, 2011 9:03 PM
    I love reading about all these new supercomputers. I also love reading articles showing which supercomputers (from the days of old) are being surpassed by my mobile phone (in time).
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    bildo123 , November 27, 2011 10:17 PM
    JOSHSKORNOh hell...it'd better be able to!!!


    Software rendered even...though most people that spout the crisis meme aren't old enough to know the days of having a software render as an option.
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    Anonymous , November 28, 2011 1:11 AM
    The trade-off between power and performance, is strongly in favor of IBMs PowerPC.
    I'd rather buy 116,000 PowerPC A2s (consuming 3,480kW), which would equal the performance of the 98,304 SPARC64 IXfxs (consuming 11,600kW), and save tons of money with PowerPCs lower power consumption. Plus, it's more eco-friendly.
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    JeTJL , November 28, 2011 2:38 AM
    Saying they are offering a Scalable computer doesn't mean that it will come right away.
    That and they would most likely not scale up to what they can scale it to.

    Though a announcement of a Upgrade to a Super Computer should doesn't necessarily mean that the upgrade will go according to plan. Though most likely it could.

    So keep your eyes open, because America's vying for the fastest super computer spot.
    Good Luck Oak Ridge hope Linpack works well for you and your new Titan Super Computer!

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    nicodemus_mm , November 28, 2011 3:10 AM
    bildo123Software rendered even...though most people that spout the crisis meme aren't old enough to know the days of having a software render as an option.


    Ooh, that brings back memories of Asheron's Call and Homeworld in software mode on a friend's laptop. *cringe*

    I'm thinking this thing could maybe even perform software based real-time ray tracing.
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    Anonymous , November 28, 2011 4:13 AM
    The article finishes too abruptly, I miss a discussion where apples are compared to apples: GFlops per watt to Gflops per watt, total cost against total cost, estimated total power consumption to estimated total power consumption. Pros and cons for each supercomputer. Blue Gene deliberately runs at low (half) frequencies because power consumption scales with the square of the frequency and performance scales linearly so they would rather lose some performance per core to save energy. The total cost of a supercomputer today has to factor in the energy consumption to run the thing and that is where Blue Gene usually wins.
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    one-shot , November 28, 2011 5:57 AM
    Are you sure?

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    since the company states that the 98,304 computing nodes A2 system will reach just about 20 Flops


    I think you missed something there.
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    alyoshka , November 28, 2011 9:06 AM
    Another one down the drain...... too much power.....
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