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The 55th edition of the Top500 supercomputers list was published, and a supercomputer from Japan has taken the top spot on the list. The supercomputer is called Fugaku, and it turned in a High Performance Linpack (HPL) result of 415.5 petaflops beating the Summit supercomputer by a factor of 2.8 times to take the top spot. The Japanese supercomputer is powered by Fujitsu 48-core A64FX SoC and is the first machine to sit at the head of the Top500 supercomputer list that's powered by Arm processors. Fugaku delivered extreme performance in single or further reduced precision, which is a workload often used in machine learning and AI applications, with a peak performance of over 1000 petaflops. The... Read more...
It was bad enough when the Chinese leapfrogged the United States in the supercomputer field, but now it looks as though Switzerland has come in and poured salt on America’s wounds. This morning, the TOP500 list was refreshed and it’s not good news for the U.S. There were no changes the very top of the rankings, with China taking the number 1 and number 2 positions.  Sunway TaihuLight, which was commissioned by China’s National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering & Technology (NRCPC) still tops the list with Linpack performance coming in at 93 petaflops. Second place is still held by another Chinese resident, the Tianhe-2, which comes in at 33.9 petaflops. The shakeup comes... Read more...
There’s a new system sitting at the top of the charts of the TOP500 list, which lays out the world’s highest performing supercomputers for all to see. The Sunway TaihuLight Chinese supercomputer has taken over the No. 1 position, achieving an amazing 93 petaflop/s using the LINPACK performance metric. The TaihuLight, which was developed by National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering & Technology (NRCPC) and resides at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, is most remarkable for the fact that it's truly a homegrown supercomputer. It uses Chinese-developed ShenWei 26010 (SW26010) 64-bit RISC processors, which each have 260 cores and are rated at 3 teraflops. The TaihuLight... Read more...
Intel announced a set of new enterprise products today aimed at furthering its strengths in the TOP500 supercomputing market. As of today, the Chinese Tiahne-2 supercomputer (aka Milky Way 2) is now the fastest supercomputer on the planet at roughly ~54PFLOPs. That's double the speed of the old leader, the AMD/Nvidia powered Titan at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The new system draws significantly more power than the Titan, (17.8MW vs. 8.2MW) but overall power efficiency is fairly similar. The Titan's GFLOP/W ratio is 2.143, while the new Tianhe hits 1.935. Intel is putting its own major push behind heterogeneous computing with the Tianhe-2. Each node contains two Ivy Bridge sockets and three... Read more...
The TOP500 list of the most powerful supercomputers in the world has a spinoff, dubbed the Green500, that ranks the most energy-efficient systems in terms of megaflops per watt. AMD, has done rather well this year on the energy efficiency charts; its newly launched S10000 GPU powers the second most efficient supercomputer on the planet. That system, dubbed SANAM, is a Saudi Arabian build-out located in the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. It's capable of 2.35 GFLOPS/watt and built on Intel's Xeon E5-2650 eight-core processors. There's a total of 38,400 cores in the system, alongside 420 GPU cards (a total of 840 GPUs). The machine's efficiency doesn't make it a lightweight; SANAM... Read more...