AMD-powered Jaguar named world's "supreme supercomputer"

By on November 16, 2009, 8:30 PM
AMD may not be leading the desktop CPU market, but Top500 has accredited the company with powering the world's "supreme supercomputer." Oak Ridge National Laboratory's supercomputer, dubbed "Jaguar," has been upgraded with new six-core AMD Opteron processors and now holds the top spot among the top five supercomputers worldwide.

The Jaguar system was previously outfitted with quad-core AMD Opteron processors -- and many others like it use AMD's chips. Four of the top five supercomputers are powered by AMD CPUs, including the former top dog, IBM's Roadrunner, which now sits at number two. In all, Jaguar contains 224,162 compute cores (up from 129,600), 300TB of memory, and 10PB of hard drive space.


The system boasts a theoretical peak performance of 2.3 PFLOPS, and a speed of 1.759 PFLOPS on the Linpack benchmark -- which topped the Roadrunner's 1.04 PFLOPS. Head over to Top500's website to see how Jaguar stacks up to many other supercomputers.




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BlindObject said:

So, how does it run Crysis? =D

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

So, how does it run Crysis? =D

....don't be absurd Blind!, it runs Crysis just fine .....just not on enthusiast level.:p

Timonius Timonius said:

...and it runs on Linux (like 90% of the other supercomputers)! Microsoft eat your heart out! Oh wait a minute Microsoft has no heart - ba-da-bum!

BlindObject said:

red1776 said:

So, how does it run Crysis? =D

....don't be absurd Blind!, it runs Crysis just fine .....just not on enthusiast level.:p

Seriuosly though, that thing better eat Crysis like my computer eats Calculator.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Timonius said:

...and it runs on Linux (like 90% of the other supercomputers)! Microsoft eat your heart out! Oh wait a minute Microsoft has no heart - ba-da-bum!

can we get a rim shot here for Tim!

taimuraly taimuraly said:

Don't know which (or how many) graphics cards it has =)

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Don't know which (or how many) graphics cards it has =)

oh im reasonably sure it has a couple of GTX 295's ....have to play Crysis whilst waiting for it to calculate Pi to 10 billionth place.

Puiu Puiu said:

The reason there are so many AMD supercomputers is because they are much cheaper than Intel's

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Puiu said:

The reason there are so many AMD supercomputers is because they are much cheaper than Intel's

when they build supercomputers, i don't think they have cheap in mind

Timonius Timonius said:

I'm not sure about 'cheap' but maybe more cost effective (more bang for the 'buck' ?

T77 T77 said:

I'm sure we can play crysis on it with AA\AF enabled at 2560 x 1600 =)

RealXboxMaster said:

I really would like to see AMD succeed in this market. This will give consumer a choice and will benefit both parties (AMD & Intel) to improve thier products for years to come.

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