GPU supercomputer: Nvidia Tesla cards to debut in Bull system

Logo NVIDIAFrench website PC Inpact delivered juicy details about a new supercomputer that is currently designed in France. So far, we only knew that the system will use 1068 CPUs. Now we know that it will be based on 8-core Nehalem processors as well 96 GPUs, bringing the total number crunching horsepower to 300 TFLops, enough for the second position in the current Top-500 supercomputer list.

The original Bull NovaScale supercomputer setup was based on 1068 nodes, which will result in a total of 8544 processing cores for a peak floating point performance of 192 TFlops. Apparently the design was recently upgraded with 48 nodes of Nvidia Tesla S900 GPGPU cards with 96 (GT200) GPUs. The expected performance is now about 300 TFlops. In comparison, BlueGene/L, currently the world's most powerful supercomputer, peaks at 596 TFlops an uses 212,992 processing cores. Second is JUGENE with 65,336 cores and a peak performance of 223 TFlops.

Overall, the estimate puts the GPU performance at around 103 TFlops or almost 1.1 TFlops per GPU. While the performance capability of the GPUs looks impressive, especially if 96 GPUs can achieve 54% of the floating point performance of 1068 8-core Nehalem processors, the comparison isn't completely fair. Supercomputers rely on massive memory capacity and we hear from scientists that GPUs just aren't a match for these traditional systems. However, we also hear that scientists are welcoming the arrival of GPUs and their huge potential in deskside supercomputers and more traditional systems. It is generally expected that supercomputers may move into a hybrid GPU-CPU era within the next years.

The NovaScale system will be built in 2009 and we wonder whether what final performance this system, will be able to achieve. Petaflops computing may be just around the corner.

Source: tgdaily

Tags: NVIDIA

Comments
Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
or
Your comment:


Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party


Last news

 
 
Intel was the number 1 ranked supplier with a 9.2% share of the worldwide semiconductor market
 
Improved software will power more accurate facial rec
 
The iMac Pro may have an A10 Fusion processor running it's own iOS
 
Galaxy X already got some certifications
 
The smart speaker is based on an AI virtual assistant
 
You won't have to leave what you're doing to respond to a chat
 
Apple is working with Intel on 5G hardware for future iPhones
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
 
 

News Archive

 
 
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  




Poll

Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (4)