Cray has created a new supercomputer which has broken the current petaflop record and scales up to more than 50 petaflops of processing capability. The Cray XK6 is powered by Cray’s Gemini interconnect, AMD Opteron 6200 processors, and NVIDIA Tesla 20-Series GPUs and runs a custom built version of Linux.
The Opteron 6200 chips have 16 cores and there will be up to 96, together with96 graphics cards per cabinet. Just imagine what you could do with that sort of power in your home PC.
The first customer inline for the a brand new Cray XK6 system is the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Manno, which develops and promotes technical and scientific services for the Swiss research community in the field of HPC. They will be upgrading their current Cray XE6m system, nicknamed “Piz Palu,” to a multi-cabinet Cray XK6 supercomputer within the coming months.
More information is available from the Cray XK6 press release, prices of the XK6 range from $500,000 to $1 million, depending on the configuration. Enjoy!