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New Worlds Fastest Supercomputer

New Worlds Fastest Supercomputer

Chinas New Tainhe-1A – The Worlds Fastest Supercomputer...

Surpassing the performance of any other computer on earth, China has unveiled its Tianhe-1A, the new world’s fastest supercomputer, at the HPC 2010 expo, 10/28/2010.

Using the LINPACK benchmark standard, the Tianhe-1A, developed by the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), set a new performance record of 2.507 petaflops using 7 x 168 NVIDIA Tesla M2050 GPUs and 14, 336 CPU’s. The massive Tainhe-1A system weighs 155 tons and cost $88 million to build.

tainhe-1a supercomputer

Tainhe-1A Supercomputer

By integrating CPU (central processing units) with GPUs (graphic processing units), the NUDT team were able to achieve such speeds using 3 time less power.

NVIDIA claim that creating a CPU-only machine with matching performance would require 50,000 CPUs and 12 megawatts of power – The Tianhe-1A only uses 4.04 megawatts.

The new record officially defeats Oak Ridge National Laboratories Cray XT5 Jaguar system, which previously held the record after receiving an upgrade in 2008 that saw its performance rise from 1.3 petaflops to 1.75 petaflops.

The Tianhe-1A is housed at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin, and is already doing its job as an ‘open access system for high-powered, large scale scientific computations.’ [NVIDIA]



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  1. Clay Dillow: China Unveils 2.507-Petaflop Supercomputer, the World's Fastest. PopSci.com, 10/28/2010.
  2. Press release: NVIDIA Tesla GPUs Power World's Fastest Supercomputer. NVIDIA.com, 10/28/2010.
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