China launches Tianhe-1A World’s Fastest Supercomputer (Photo)

By on Oct 29, 2010 in Amazing, Technology, World Comments

Updated: June 18, 2012 6:40 p.m.

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China launches Tianhe-1A as the world’s fastest supercomputer today, according to a press release by its graphics processor maker, NVIDIA.

According to NVIDIA on Thursday, the Tianhe-1A was revealed at HPC 2010 China (a Chinese website), and was said to have set a new performance record of 2.507 petaflops system, which makes it as the fastest supercomputer in the world today.

The system was said to have used 7,168 NVIDIA Tesla M2050 GPUs and 14,336 CPUs, and would require more than 50,000 CPUs and double the floor space to deliver the same performance using CPUs alone. (See the photo on your left)

Also according to NVIDIA, Tianhe-1A CPUs would consume more than 12 megawatts but consumes only 4.04 megawatts due to the use of GPUs in a heterogeneous computing environment.

This makes Tianhe-1A to have thrice its power efficiency to be, with which the power consumption difference is enough to provide electricity to over 5000 homes annually.

This recently crowned world’s fastest supercomputer was designed by the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) in China.

Tianhe-1A is already fully operational, and will be used as an open access system for large scale scientific computations.

Tianhe-1A, which can also be called as the most powerful computer in the world, is now housed at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin, China.

“The performance and efficiency of Tianhe-1A was simply not possible without GPUs,” National Supercomputer Center chief Guangming Liu was quoted as saying.

“The scientific research that is now possible with a system of this scale is almost without limits; we could not be more pleased with the results.” The chief added.

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