The latest Top 500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers, released November 15th, demonstrates that GPUs are being adopted on a large scale in the HPC space. Three out of the top 5 machines (#1 and #3 in China, and #4 in Japan) feature NVIDIA Tesla GPUs. Also, the list confirms the expected result that the new GPU-based Tianhe-1a machine from China has ousted Jaguar from the top spot.
The June 2010 Top500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers was released this week at ISC 2010. While the US Jaguar supercomputer (located at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility) retained the top spot in Linpack performance, a Chinese cluster called Nebulae, built from a Dawning TC3600 Blade system with Intel X5650 processors and NVIDIA Tesla C2050 GPUs is now the fastest in theoretical peak performance at 2.98 PFlop/s and No. 2 with a Linpack performance of 1.271 PFlop/s. This is the highest rank a GPU-accelerated system, or a Chinese system, has ever achieved on the Top500 list.
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