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ORNL unveils Titan: The fastest supercomputer of this world

It’s capable of solving the most complex questions in science. With it, weather predictions will become lot more accurate. And its launch will give rise to a new kind of global arms race. Meet Titan – the most powerful and fastest supercomputer of this world for open scientific research.

NVIDIA and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has finally launched Titan, the much anticipated supercomputer that runs with a theoretical peak performance exceeding 20 petaflops, which is equivalent to a quadrillion calculations per second. The supercomputer, which is an updated version of its predecessor Jaguar, is ten times faster and five times more energy efficient than Jaguar. The computer, which will be operated in Tennessee by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has 299,008 CPUs made by AMD. It is a Cray-XK7 system and the first machine to have 18,688 graphics processing units (GPUs) made by NVIDIA. GPUs serve as accelerators to the CPUs; this is the reason due to which Titan provides ten times faster performance output when compared to Jaguar. In addition to being faster and more energy efficient, Titan is of the same size as that of the Jaguar.

The Titan supercomputer will be used by a number of engineers and researchers from academia, industries, and government labs to research into alternative fuels and changing climatic conditions. Titan targets six flagship applications, which include material science, biofuels, climatic changes, nuclear energy, combustion, and astrophysics. The supercomputer will be able to provide answers to problems like changing atmospheric temperatures, chemical compositions, and circulation patterns. Scientists will be able to evaluate materials at the atomic level, which will help in constructing new materials with superior weight, strength, and tensile properties. They will also be able to study certain plants and convert them into biofuels through enzymatic process. The technology can also be used to create new form of fusion energy that would provide safe and clean fuels forms that would burn longer and cleaner. Also, with the help of Titan, researchers can design new ways to optimize processes, fuels, and engines to get a cleaner burning fuel.

Titan will for sure help scientists and engineers achieve breakthrough in technology.

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Top 5 SuperComputers

Here is a list of top five  supercomputers, including the new supercomputer Tianhe-1A which has been introduced by China. The top five  list with their features is as follows:

1. Tianhe-1A: Chinese supercomputer which has recently been introduced. Features are as follows:

  • System Name:  Tianhe-1A
  • Site: National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin
  • System Family:  NUDT MPP
  • System Model: NUDT YH MPP
  • Computer: NUDT YH MPP, X5670 2.93Ghz 6C, NVIDIA GPU, FT-1000 8C
  • Vendor:  NUDT
  • Application area: Research
  • Main Memory: 229376 GB
  • Installation Year: 2010
  • Operating System: Linux
  • Memory: 229376 GB
  • Interconnect: Proprietary
  • Processor: Intel EM64T Xeon X56xx (Westmere-EP) 2930 MHz (11.72 GFlops)

2. Jaguar:

  • System Name: Jaguar
  • Site: DOE/SC/Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • System Family: Cray XT
  • System Model: Cray XT5-HE
  • Computer: Cray XT5-HE Opteron 6-core 2.6 GHz
  • Vendor: Cray Inc.
  • URL: http: http://www.nccs.gov/computing-resources/jaguar/
  • Application area: Not Specified
  • Installation Year: 2009
  • Operating System: Linux
  • Interconnect: Proprietary
  • Processor: AMD x86_64 Opteron Six Core 2600 MHz (10.4 GFlops)

3. Nebulae:

  • System Name: Nebulae
  • Site: National Supercomputing Centre in Shenzhen (NSCS)
  • System Family: Dawning Cluster
  • System Model: Dawning TC3600 Blade System
  • Computer: Dawning TC3600 Blade, Intel X5650, NVidia Tesla C2050 GPU
  • Vendor: Dawning
  • Application area: Research
  • Installation Year: 2010
  • Operating System: Linux
  • Interconnect: Infiniband QDR
  • Processor: Intel EM64T Xeon X56xx (Westmere-EP) 2660 MHz (10.64 GFlops)

4. TSUBAME 2.0

  • System Name: TSUBAME 2.0
  • Site: GSIC Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • System Family: HP Cluster Platform 3000SL
  • System Model: Cluster Platform SL390s G7
  • Computer: HP ProLiant SL390s G7 Xeon 6C X5670, Nvidia GPU, Linux/Windows
  • Vendor: NEC/HP
  • URL: http://www.gsic.titech.ac.jp/t…
  • Application area: Research
  • Installation Year: 2010
  • Operating System: Linux
  • Interconnect: Infiniband QDR
  • Processor: Intel EM64T Xeon X56xx (Westmere-EP) 2930 MHz (11.72 GFlops)

5. Hopper

  • System Name: Hopper
  • Site: DOE/SC/LBNL/NERSC
  • System Family: Cray XE
  • System Model: Cray XE6
  • Computer: Cray XE6 12-core 2.1 GHz
  • Vendor: Cray Inc.
  • Application area: Research
  • Installation Year: 2010
  • Operating System: Linux
  • Interconnect: Custom
  • Processor: AMD x86_64 Opteron 12 Core 2100 MHz (8.4 GFlops)
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