Thursday, May 26, 2011

New Cray supercomputer puts IBMs to shame.

IBM just recently proudly announced a new 10 petaflop supercomputer overcoming predictions for supercomputer growth for 2011 by almost 3 petaflops.Everybody was over-enthusiastic about the accomplishment and IBM was, for a short period of time, the ultimate ruler of the Top 500 supercomputer list. But IBM's rein didn't last long. The new XK6 Cray supercomputer that was announced managed to reach the astonishing 50 petaflops mark. This performance is not just better than the one achieved by IBM. it is 5 times better and far from the rest of the competition. This new computer uses 6200 AMD Opteron CPUs, accompanied by NVIDIA Tesla 20 series GPUs, all running under a custom version of linux. The people at Cray were not very cocky though. They were humble and announced that the new supercomputer is the first
"general-purpose supercomputer that uses GPU technology".
Humble in an "annoying to IBM" kind of way that is. By the way if you want to know more about the previous top supercomputer check here.

via: engadget
source: Cray

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