World's Greenest Petaflop Supercomputers Built With NVIDIA Tesla GPUs

Thursday, November 18, 2010

GPU Supercomputers Deliver World Leading Performance and Efficiency in Latest Green500 List


NEW ORLEANS, LA--(Marketwire - November 18, 2010) - SC10 -- The "Green500" list of the world's most energy-efficient supercomputers was released today, revealed that the only petaflop system in the top 10 is powered by NVIDIA® Tesla™ GPUs.

The system was Tsubame 2.0 from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), which was ranked number two.

"The rise of GPU supercomputers on the Green500 signifies that heterogeneous systems, built with both GPUs and CPUs, deliver the highest performance and unprecedented energy efficiency," said Wu-chun Feng, founder of the Green500 and associate professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech.

GPUs have quickly become the enabling technology behind the world's top supercomputers. They contain hundreds of parallel processor cores capable of dividing up large computational workloads and processing them simultaneously. This significantly increases overall system efficiency as measured by performance per watt. "Top500" supercomputers based on heterogeneous architectures are, on average, almost three times more power-efficient than non-heterogeneous systems.

Three other Tesla GPU-based systems made the Top 10. The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and Georgia Institute of Technology in the U.S. and the National Institute for Environmental Studies in Japan secured 3rd, 9th and 10th respectively. Tesla GPU-based systems also secured 11th, 12th and 13th; CSIRO in Australia, Tianhe-1A in Tianjin and Nebulae in Shenzhen, China.

The complete Top 10 list (with Tesla GPU-powered systems in bold face):

Rank Site Linpack Perf. # of Tesla GPUs Megaflops per watt
1 IBM Research 653 Teraflops n/a 1684 Mflops/watt
2 GSIC Center, Tokyo Tech 1.192 Petaflops 4200 948 Mflops/watt
3 NCSA 33.6 Teraflops 128 933 Mflops/watt
4 RIKEN AICS 58 Teraflops n/a 828 Mflops/watt
5 Forschungszentrum Juelich 45 Teraflops n/a 773 Mflops/watt
6 Universitaet Regensburg 45 Teraflops n/a 773 Mflops/watt
7 Universitaet Wuppertal 45 Teraflops n/a 773 Mflops/watt
8 Universitaet Frankfurt 94 Teraflops n/a 741 Mflops/watt
9 Georgia Institute of
64 Teraflops 360 677 Mflops/watt
10 National Institute for Environmental Studies 74.84 Teraflops
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