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Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:12

US wants to be the number one supercomputer again

Written by Nick Farell


Titan could top the charts
After losing the crown for the most powerful supercomputer in the world to China, the US is trying to get it back with a new project called Titan.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) campus in Oak Ridge Tennessee will host "Titan" which has been commissioned by the US Department of Energy, and is expected to achieve speeds of 20 petaflops per second.

Built by Cray Computer, it will become part of a collection of some of the fastest computers in the world at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory site. There are already Gaea, Kraken and the Jaguar super computers working from the site, Apparently plans are in the works for an entirely new facility to be built over the next year, which should fit in well with the delivery date for the first stage of the Titan expected to be by the end of this year, with the second stage expected next year.

Titan uses XT3, 4 and 5 processor boxes with a "Gemini" XE interconnect, and it will be configured in a 3D torus topology, rather than the usual array. It will use a GDU co-processor probably from Nvidia that will help to perform calculations more quickly. Titan will also use what is being described as “globally addressable memory,” which means data won’t have to slow down as it passes through I/O channels. It will set the government back to the tune of $100 million and will be used by the Department of Energy to calculate complex energy systems.

Nick Farell

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+6 #1 gangsta072 2011-03-24 12:34
:lol: can I bake pizza with that :o
 
 
+5 #2 Fase 2011-03-24 13:51
But will it be able to play Crysis 2?
 
 
+2 #3 dragazarth 2011-03-24 14:08
How could they steal my computers name :/
 
 
+21 #4 Zone 2011-03-24 15:36
Quoting Fase:
But will it be able to play Crysis 2?


Please tell me you meant to type Metro 2033 instead of ... Crysis 2... I mean seriously?
 
 
+15 #5 Psykosis 2011-03-24 17:34
I think he meant to say: "But how many million instances of Crysis 2 can it run simultaneously?"


And just FYI, it's just FLOPS and not FLOPS per second, as the "per second" is already in the acronym.
 
 
+4 #6 SlickR 2011-03-24 20:25
He meant to say "but can it run Crysis?"
 
 
-6 #7 Jermelescu 2011-03-24 21:26
China > WORLD
Get used to it.
 
 
+2 #8 jozef 2011-03-24 23:44
What's this? A Nick Farrell article without ridiculous bias or self-righteousness?

What's the temperature like in Hell today?
 
 
+2 #9 Naterm 2011-03-25 02:28
Quoting Jermelescu:
China > WORLD
Get used to it.


Yeah, because that super they have is built with Chinese CPUs and GPUs! Oh wait, no it isn't.

People who think China is just going to keep growing and growing have no idea what the energy supply forecast looks like. China's growth (as any industrialized nation) relies heavily on oil. Oil production has hit it's peak, it will soon begin to decline irreversibly.

China is going to have a hard time building pipelines to the Persian Gulf with the United States sitting in Central Asia. The United States knows how to use energy as a weapon. I don't know who will win, but the outcome is far from decided.
 
 
+1 #10 Naterm 2011-03-25 02:32
Quoting jozef:
What's this? A Nick Farrell article without ridiculous bias or self-righteousness?

What's the temperature like in Hell today?



It's cold with a chance of light flurries.
 

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