Cray Titan Supercomputer has became the world’s fastest computer beating the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Sequoia supercomputer which was previously held the first position.
The Cray Tital supercomputer is powered by 18,688 nodes, each of which contains AMD 16-core Opteron and a NVIDIA Tesla K20X GPU accelerator, equating to a massive 560,640 processors in total. These processors are capable of generating 17.59 quadrillion operations per second, beating the Sequoia supercomputer, which was only able to manage a measly 16.32 quadrillion operations a second.
“It’s not practical or affordable to continue increasing super computing capacity with traditional CPU-only architecture,” said ORNL’s Jeff Nichols, in a press release. “Combining GPUs and CPUs is a responsible move toward lowering our carbon footprint, and Titan will enable scientific leadership by providing unprecedented computing power for research in energy, climate change, materials, and other disciplines.”
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