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Nvidia Owning Top Supercomputers List With GPUs

Nvidia's latest GPUs are great for playing Crysis, but there's some serious business behind those chips. The technology when applied to the Tesla products help power the world's fastest and energy-efficient supercomputers.

In terms of power, Nvidia's GPUs help accelerate work done by three of the top five supercomputers of the world.

The world's fastest, the Tianhe-1A in China, scores 2.507 PF in Linpack thanks to having 7,168 GPUs.

The third fastest, Nebulae also in China, scores 1.27 PF in Linpack thanks to having 4,640 GPUs. The fourth fastest, Tsubame 2.0 in Japan, isn't far behind with 1.192 PF with 4,200 GPUs.

While Tsubame 2.0 is only fourth in power, it's very impressive in efficiency, with a power consumption of 1.34 MW.

"Tsubame 2.0 is an impressive achievement, balancing performance and power to deliver the most energy efficient petaflop-class supercomputer ever built," said Bill Dally, chief scientist at Nvidia. "The path to exascale computing will be forged by groundbreaking systems like Tsubame 2.0."

Of the world's greenest supercomputers, the only two in the top 10 list that broke the petaflop barrier are ones powered by Nvidia GPUs – the Tianhe-1A and the Tsubame 2.0.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • TheRockMonsi
    They must have those fermi cards in an ice cave or something...
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  • eyefinity
    More Fermi's in supercomputers than there are in personal computers lol.
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  • Burodsx
    Surprised the building didn't burst into flames.
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  • BeCoolBro
    I want to see a cryisis benchmark with those:drool:
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  • scrumworks
    Nvidia's latest GPUs are great for playing Crysis

    Mmm, actually HD5870 beats GTX480 in Crysis which is kind of hilarious.
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  • sunflier
    "having 7,168 GPUs"

    Are those in one giant daisy-chained SLI mode??
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  • usfs
    Use all that heat to power the super computer. UNLIMITED ENERGY!
    Problems?
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  • andrewfy
    There's a good analysis of this over at the daily circuit.

    http://www.dailycircuitry.com/2010/11/china-takes-top-supercomputer-spot.html
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  • digiex
    AMD should find a way to pair its opteron chips with its GPUs to make a super computer, plus it should open source it.
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  • bill gates is your daddy
    Looking at the picture it appears someone needs to do a little better job with their cable routing.
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