NVIDIA (News - Alert) has introduced the NVIDIA Tesla K20 family of GPU accelerators, which provide improved performance and efficiency in a number of ways. This is the technology that powers Titan, the world's fastest supercomputer.
The Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn. grabbed the No. 1 supercomputer ranking in the world from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Sequoia system. The system considered the performance record of 17.59 petaflops as measured by the LINPACK benchmark.
The computer made use of 18,688 NVIDIA Tesla K20X GPU accelerators for this purpose.
The new Tesla K20 family is armed with the Tesla K20X accelerator, the major product of NVIDIA's Tesla accelerated computing product line.
Kepler HPC architecture grants users three times the performance. It is applicable to a broader range of scientific computing applications and makes hybrid computing more accessible for application developers and researchers with innovative computing technology and features.
“We are taking advantage of NVIDIA GPU architectures to significantly accelerate simulations in such diverse areas as climate and meteorology, seismology, astrophysics, fluid mechanics, materials science, and molecular biophysics," said Dr. Thomas Schulthess, professor of computational physics at ETH Zurich and director of the Swiss National Supercomputing Center. "The K20 family of accelerators represents a leap forward in computing compared to NVIDIA's prior Fermi architecture, enhancing productivity and enabling us potentially to achieve new insights that previously were impossible.”
Recently, the company partnered with Advanced Micro Devices to unveil high-performance graphics chips for supercomputers. AMD’s (News - Alert) SM10000 is created for various server installations, AMD said in a slide presentation. GPUs in servers can install virtual desktops to client devices like PCs and tablets.
The GPU can enhance graphics on the server side for full high-definition virtual desktops on client devices.
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