While Intel is celebrating the Stampede HPC system and the role played by Xeon Phi in its creation, NVIDIA has its own reason to be giddy: the soon-to-be fastest supercomputer of them all.
Some may have already heard about Titan, but for those who haven't, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is currently building it.
We've now learned, from a report
, that there will be 14,592 Tesla K20 graphics processing units involved in the building of the HPC conglomerate.
While 16-core AMD Opteron CPUs do the regular computing, NVIDI's GPU accelerators do the parallel processing tasks.
The Titan will have 18,688 nodes, each with a 32 GB of memory. The cumulative floating-point performance should end up at above 20 Petaflops (Sequoia
, the current leader, offers 2.01327).
So far, ORNL has received only 32 Kepler-based Tesla K2 units. 1000 more should be delivered this week, while Titan itself will be completed by March 2013.