Cray reported strategies Tuesday to set up a new supercomputer named Titan for Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tenn. which might be two times as fast and three times as power efficient as the present No. 1 supercomputer on the planet, Japan’s K computer.
The Titan system is estimated to possess a peak functionality between 10 and 20 petaflops of high end computing power, as outlined by Cray. Japan’s K computer, known as the most notable supercomputer on the planet in June, has reached a peak overall performance of 8.774 petaflops, or 8.774 quadrillion numerical computations every second.
Titan is going to be constructed in two stages by Cray for Oak Ridge National Laboratory which are anticipated to be completed in the 2nd half of 2012, with possibilities for further improvements there after, according to Cray.. The brand new supercomputer is truly a phased improvement of ORNL’s present Jaguar supercomputer.
The initial stage includes changing Jaguar’s Cray XT5 compute blades using the supercomputer maker’s new Cray XK6 blades showcasing Sophisticated Micro Device’s next-generation Opteron main processors known as Interlagos, Cray’s own Gemini interconnect and Nvidia’s Tesla M2090 graphics processors. That stage of the Titan project has already been ongoing and anticipated to be done by the end of 2011, as outlined by Cray.
The next stage of the project is going to be started in 2012 and incorporates the implementation of 18,000 next-generation Tesla GPUs based upon Nvidia’s forthcoming architecture code known as Kepler.
“All areas of science can benefit from this substantial increase in computing power, opening the doors for new discoveries that so far have been out of reach,” according to laboratory director for Computing and Computational Sciences Jeff Nichols. “Titan will be used for a variety of important research projects, including the development of more commercially viable biofuels, cleaner burning engines, safer nuclear energy, and more efficient solar power.”