Nvidia Tesla powering supercomputers

November 15, 2010 by | Comments

The November 2010 list of the “Top500″ fastest supercomputers revealed that NVIDIA Tesla GPUs are powering three of the top five systems.

Tesla GPUs were featured in the number one, three and four slots with the recently announced Tianhe-1A system taking the top spot with a performance record of 2.507 petaflops. The five highest-ranked systems were as follows (GPU-enabled systems in green):

  Rank      Name     Location  Linpack Perf.  # of GPUs  Power Consumption
    1   Tianhe-1A    China     2.507 PF       7168       4.04 MW          
    2   Jaguar       USA       1.75 PF        n/a        6.95 MW          
    3   Nebulae      China     1.27 PF        4640       2.55 MW          
    4   Tsubame 2.0  Japan     1.192 PF       4200       1.340 MW         
    5   Hopper       USA       1.05 PF        n/a        2.93 MW          

The top three GPU supercomputers deliver more performance than the rest of the Top 10 systems combined. The most notable new entry to the Top500 is Tsubame 2.0, the new supercomputer from Tokyo Institute of Technology. The system delivers petaflop-class performance while remaining extremely efficient, consuming just 1.340 megawatts, dramatically less power than any other system on the top five.

“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.”

GPUs have quickly become the enabling technology behind the world’s top supercomputers. They contain hundreds of parallel processor cores capable of dividing up large computational workloads and processing them simultaneously, significantly increasing system performance. Heterogeneous systems, built with GPUs and CPUs, require less space and consume less power, making supercomputing more affordable and more accessible than ever before.

Dally is the Plenary speaker at this week’s SC’10 supercomputing conference in New Orleans and will present on Wednesday, Nov. 17 on the subject of “GPU Computing: To Exascale and Beyond.” For more information on NVIDIA Tesla high performance GPU computing products, go here.

–( – NVIDIA Corporation)–

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