Department of Energy unleashes the 'Titan' supercomputer

Department of Energy unleashes the 'Titan' supercomputer
The U.S. DOE has activated the world's most powerful supercomputer, dubbed the 'Titan.'

Speaking from their Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) facility, the agency said the supercomputer was live, with the ability to calculate at 20 petaflops (FLOPS stands for "Floating Point operations per Second", so 20 PFLOP/s == 20 quadrillion floating point operations per second, or 20,000,000,000,000,000 floating point operations per second).



Titan is 10 times more powerful than the ORNL's current 'Jaguar' machine, which is the sixth fastest machine in the world after long being the top dog.

The ORNL's press release says the computer is powered by the Cray XK7 system:

"The Cray XK7 system contains 18,688 nodes, with each holding a 16-core AMD Opteron 6274 processor and an NVIDIA Tesla K20 graphics processing unit (GPU) accelerator. Titan also has more than 700 terabytes of memory. The combination of central processing units, the traditional foundation of high-performance computers, and more recent GPUs will allow Titan to occupy the same space as its Jaguar predecessor while using only marginally more electricity."

As with past supercomputers, the system will be used to support research in the sectors of materials science, energy and climate change.



(written by Andre Yoskowitz)

Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 30 Oct 2012 20:52
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  • 9 comments
  • Morreale

    Everyone always hatin' on AMD...

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    30.10.2012 21:50 #1

  • Mysttic

    Still, what a beast....

    30.10.2012 22:18 #2

  • Dela

    Originally posted by Mysttic: Still, what a beast....
    Damn right what a beast! What's more remarkable to me though is how it will be detrhoned within maybe 12-18 months. We will hit Exaflop performance by 2019. The future is... crazy? uncertain? mysterious? all of the above?

    30.10.2012 23:34 #3

  • doowop72

    Get Matthew Broderick to play a game of "Global ThermoNuclear War" with it.... ha.

    31.10.2012 15:11 #4

  • justme2012 (unverified)

    Originally posted by doowop72: Get Matthew Broderick to play a game of "Global ThermoNuclear War" with it.... ha. you are such a nerd

    31.10.2012 15:23 #5

  • DDR4life

    Originally posted by doowop72: Get Matthew Broderick to play a game of "Global ThermoNuclear War" with it.... ha. Hahaha! I was going to say that.

    @justme2012
    I lol'd

    31.10.2012 21:50 #6

  • BradEL

    ALWAYS been an AMD (Athalon) devotee!!! Go AMD!!!

    1.11.2012 12:57 #7

  • BradEL

    Originally posted by Morreale: Everyone always hatin on AMD... Ive always bought AMD, for friends, family, and especially ME!!!

    1.11.2012 13:01 #8

  • omendata

    Go AMD go...

    Now if they used some Liquid Nitrogen and did a bit of overclocking hmmm...

    4.11.2012 00:03 #9

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