China will be unveiling a new supercomputer today, and this new supercomputer is capable of sustained performance of 2.5 petaflops, which makes it one of the fastest supercomputers in the world.
The new supercomputer is house in the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin, and it is called the Tianhe-1A. It consists of 7,168 Nvidia Tesla M2050 graphics processing units (GPUs) and also has a massive 14,336 six core Intel Xeon processors.
The Tianhe-1A was built by China’s National University of Defense and Technology, and is now possibly the worlds fastest supercomputer. It features a sustained performance of 2.5 petaflops, but also features a theoretical performance of 4.669 petalfops when all the GPUs are being used.
Previously the title for the fastest supercomputer was held by the Jaguar Supercomputer at the U.S. department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and it was capable of delivering 1.76 petaflops of substained performance.
via PC World
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