|Torment of the Titans Atlas & Prometheus,|
|Laconian black-figure amphora C6th B.C., Vatican City Museums (credit theoi.com)|
The US DoE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have "launched a new era of scientific supercomputing" with the latest most powerful supercomputer yet known as Titan.
In their Oct 29 press release, ORNL announced the launching of the 20-petaflop-supercomputer (that's 20 trillion calculations per second, WHOA!), containing 18,688 nodes, with each holding a 16-core AMD Opteron 6274 processor and an NVIDIA Tesla K20 graphics processing unit (GPU) accelerator. Titan also has more than 700 terabytes of memory. This system is 10 times faster than its ORNL predecessor, Jaguar, and uses only marginally more electricity (5 times more energy efficient).
|ORNL's supercomputer Titan (click for high-resolution image)|
By relying on 299,008 CPU cores and its new GPU system, "Titan will allow scientists to simulate physical systems more realistically and in far greater detail" —announced James Hack, director of ORNL's National Center for Computational Sciences— in the fields of energy, climate change, materials and other disciplines (more on scientific applications here).
Titan will be open to select projects, 40 projects a year will continue to be given access to the lab’s massive computational facilities based on their scientific merits, reports Russia Today.
At par with IBM's Sequoia BlueGene/Q, and slightly ahead of China's Tianhe-1A, Titan is a new important achievement in computational technologies and hopefully will help us solve a lot of our scientific research problems in the near future.