January 13, 2010

SC09 Videos: AMD, Penguin, and the HPC French Fryer

In case you did not know the fastest machine in the world (running the HPL benchmark) was ORNL Jaguar. This year at SC09, the 1.75 petaflop/s calculator placed at the top of the the list. The achievement also gave AMD some bragging rights as Jaguar used their new six core AMD Opteron. A bit more interesting to me was the machine at the number 5 spot. Tianhe-1 is housed at the National SuperComputer Center in Tianjin/NUDT, China and combined Xeon E5540/E5450 processors and ATI Radeon HD 4870 GP-GPUs to achieve 563.1 teraflop/s. Not only did the Intel and AMD hardware work together without a lawsuit, this was a rather big win for the GP-GPU crowd...

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