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Thursday, 28 October 2010 09:33

Nvidia chips power fastest supercomputer

Written by Nick Farell
nvidia

Someone has to buy them
Chips made by the Green Goblin are powering a supercomputer that the graphics chip supplier claims has achieved the fastest speeds to date.

The Chinese "Tianhe-1A" has hit 2.507 petaflops, using 7168 Nvidia Tesla M2050 GPUs and 14,336 Intel Xeon CPUs. It beats another Chinese supercomputer also using Nvidia chips called Nebulae, which can manage 1.271 petaflops when the wind is behind it and it is going downhill. Nebulae is the second fastest in the world based on the Top500 June list.

Nvidia said that the "Tianhe-1A" will not only be the fastest but will also be greener. It only consumes only 4.04 megawatts, making it three times more power efficient than a CPU-only system.

Tesla chip marketing manager Sumit Gupta said applications of the "open science project" will include astrophysics, material science, and bio-chemistry. Nvidia is also working with laboratories and universities in the U.S.

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-47 #1 Tr0y 2010-10-28 09:54
I wonder why NO supercomputer uses ATI/AMD graphics cards ... :-*

Right ... because ATI/AMD gives a shit about it's users - and delivers buggy SDKs and drivers.

I really hope this changes in the future.
 
 
+26 #2 moozoo 2010-10-28 10:09
Quoting Tr0y:
I wonder why NO supercomputer uses ATI/AMD graphics cards ... :-*


The Tianhe-1 (without the A) used Radeon HD 4870×2 GPUs.
see http://www.top500.org/blog/2009/11/13/tianhe_1_chinas_first_petaflop_s_scale_supercomputer

Looks like they upgraded it with Tesla M2050's
 
 
+7 #3 Alexko 2010-10-28 10:12
Quoting Tr0y:
I wonder why NO supercomputer uses ATI/AMD graphics cards ... :-*

Right ... because ATI/AMD gives a shit about it's users - and delivers buggy SDKs and drivers.

I really hope this changes in the future.


http://www.top500.org/system/10186

I wonder why you keep trolling like that…

Edit: well moozoo beat me to it.
 
 
-3 #4 AndromedaB 2010-10-28 10:18
i thought they were supposed to have a cpu:gpu ratio of like 1:2 or like 1:1
why is it 2:1????
 
 
-34 #5 Warrior24_7 2010-10-28 10:47
Hmmm... No AMD/ATI gear? I wonder why? No I don't, I "KNOW" why...its shitty!
 
 
+18 #6 deadspeedv 2010-10-28 11:54
Quoting Warrior24_7:
Hmmm... No AMD/ATI gear? I wonder why? No I don't, I "KNOW" why...its shitty!





Although AMD does have its industrial cards AMD mainly focus's on the consumer sector and not industrial. Nvidia is far to focused on parallel processing for supercomputers to care about computer games anymore, which is the reason by Fermi failed
 
 
+11 #7 GuruOne 2010-10-28 13:00
Yep, that's NVs future IMHO (and only hope)

Leave the desktops/laptops to AMD, boyz ;)
 
 
+20 #8 Haberlandt 2010-10-28 16:59
Anyone else tired of this same discussion in every freaking article?
 
 
-13 #9 Warrior24_7 2010-10-28 17:33
Quote:
Although AMD does have its industrial cards AMD mainly focus's on the consumer sector and not industrial. Nvidia is far to focused on parallel processing for supercomputers to care about computer games anymore

Nvidia doesn't "make" PC games! Why do dumbass PC gamers think that PC hardware manufacturers make games?!! Hardware is hardware and software is software. NOBODY is making decent PC anymore! NOBODY!! The PC games market is on life support, while there still is a market that will continue to buy the same cards over and over again, so Nvidia and AMD just rebrand and sell to this market. :D But the REAL money is in creating a market and capturing that market like Apple (iPad/iPod/iPhone) and Sony (Blu-Ray)! Nvidia is on their way to doing this.
 
 
-6 #10 Tr0y 2010-10-28 19:09
Quoting Warrior24_7:
Why do dumbass PC gamers think that PC hardware manufacturers make games?!!



Why do dumbass dumbasses think they don't? NVIDIA massively supports game developers - ATI/AMD doesn't.

You have no idea how much swearing there's going on in developer studios because of shitty ATI SDKs ;-)
 

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