Titan supercomputer displaces IBM's Sequoia as world's fastest

By Jos
Nov 12, 2012
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  1. The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is now home to the world's fastest supercomputer, according to the latest Top500 list. Aptly dubbed Titan, the Cray-built system knocked off IBM's Sequoia after only six months in the...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,404   +889

    (in before 'yeah, but can it play Crysis?')

    The worlds fastest computer runs off AMD!? I'd have lost that bet.
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +457

    The real question is not if it can play crysis, but:

    Can it blend?
  4. Yeah...but can it play Crysis?
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT ex-starfish Posts: 2,250   +685

    Titan - as in Titanic? Well good sail then!
  6. Perhaps intel should build a super computer running intel processor and built-in graphics and call it wintel super computer.

    and nvidia should build its own calling it NV (because envy is owned by hp)
  7. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 5,104   +856

    Titan is the "old" Jaguar supercomputer updated with Nvidia Tesla K20X co-processors. As for why Opterons are still used as opposed to Intel Xeon, this may provide some insight:
    Did you think that up all by yourself ?
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,384   +1,055

    I thought the Chinese had the world's fastest supercomputer. Or is that just the one with the loudest mufflers?
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,384   +1,055

    If it's irony you want, then irony you'll get.. Did you know that "Megaupload's" seized files were hosted by "Carpathia's" servers?
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  10. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 5,104   +856

    The Chinese used to have the fastest, but Titan has the new paint job that puts the Chinese to shame. I hear that the Chinese are looking to source a tail spoiler, some chrome rims and a good subwoofer, which should entail that they regain top spot.
    Rescue followed by torpedo ?
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  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,384   +1,055

    LMAO......That gets the first "like" of the new session.....
  12. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 5,104   +856

    Thanks, though I fear we've fallen short of the high bar that VitalyT has set
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,384   +1,055

    I think it was Satchel Paige that said, "don't look back, there's always somebody gaining on you".
    I think it was Satchel Paige that said, "don't look back, there's always somebody gaining on you".

    It's such a rare and blissful thing when one reply works for two different quotes....

    But, speaking of "supercomputers", I bought a Core i3-3225 with a Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H (ATX) board for $215.00 US. The i3 has the 4000 series graphics. My question is, "will that graphic chip supply 1080p porn to my TV without complaint, or any appreciable stuttering? I hate it when an IGP locks up in mid-shag....
  14. VitalyT

    VitalyT ex-starfish Posts: 2,250   +685

    What's low is the creators' imagination for the name. It's just as original as calling it "The Best Supercomputer". Google for Titan products, you'll find millions. Ironically, half of them did do the Titanic thing :)
  15. Zoltan Head

    Zoltan Head TS Enthusiast Posts: 268   +27

    I quite fancy one - can someone recommend a case fan for it please?
  16. Wow, this is so totally cool. By the way, what's a "petaflop"?
  17. Pan Wah

    Pan Wah TS Enthusiast Posts: 134   +27

    It's what bunnies do in Mr. McGregor's garden.
  18. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,073   +114

    My cell phone will do that in sleep mode!
  19. Kakkoii

    Kakkoii TS Rookie

    Hah, well, it's more like it runs off Nvidia. The AMD processors are just there for a few minor tasks that the GPU still can't quite deal with well, so they obviously went with the cheapest option for that, instead of the highest performing :p
  20. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Guru Posts: 397   +65

    completely wrong actually, except for the cost saving, the main reason they went with AMD CPUS was because jaguar was AMD, and they were not going to need to switch out the boards. Anandtech had a very well done article about titan two weeks ago. The new CPUs have have 16 Cores per CPU(jaguar was 12, and the new ones are based off the new Bulldozer architecture), there are 4 cpus and 4 gpus per board. For most of what Titans doing at this time its still very CPU core reliant, but the GPUS will become more and more key as the researchers code it into there programing.

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