According to physorg.com (via popsci), the Cray Inc. XT5-HE supercomputer (Jaguar) is getting updated. The Department of Energy’s Jaguar computer will be renamed Titan. This reported $97 million upgrade will be using AMD CPUs and NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and is claimed to “be at least twice as fast and three times as energy efficient as today’s fastest supercomputer, which is located in Japan.” Good news for gamers.
Cray Jaguar Is Getting a GPU Upgrade and a Name Change
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2011-10-13 6:47 pmrexstuff
And how exactly is this “Good news for gamers”?
2011-10-13 7:37 pmBill Shooter of Bul
I think your tongue in cheek detector is broken, or possibly David’s tongue in cheek emitter.
Tough to assign blame there, but the implied joke probably involves Crysis 2.
2011-10-14 7:06 amNeolander
Is Crysis still the paramount of crazy hardware needs ? I’d have spontaneously believed that since Crytek decided to port it on 6 years old console hardware, they’d have had to reduce their hardware requirements at least a little bit.
Unless they went Bethesda and made some incredibly unoptimized PC release as compared to the console version, that is.
Edited 2011-10-14 07:08 UTC
2011-10-14 2:13 pmBill Shooter of Bul
I just know the joke, I really have no idea. My idea of a great video game is galaga.
2011-10-13 9:10 pmDavid Adams
It was the original submitter’s joke. Get it? It’s a supercomputer built out of video cards!
2011-10-13 11:51 pmzima
Do Teslas even have video output?
Edited 2011-10-13 23:58 UTC
Ya that’s some good wording for sure “AMD’s Nvida Tesla GPUs” for technical accuracy it should have read “AMD’s ATI Nvida Intel VIA Tesla GPUs” just to make it pop.
In all seriousness I’m sure there is a sentence missing in there somewhere saying the ATI’s being swapped for nVidia’s, oh wait I said ATI…I meant AMD nVidia’s lulz -Can’t Stop won’t stop! (way over tired here)
“AMD’s Nvida Tesla GPUs”
It will be using AMD Opteron CPUs and nVidia GPUs.
This has been the working model for Cray for sometime – they already took delivery of the CPUs a month ago…
At last there is somewhere Bulldozer works well 🙂
2011-10-13 8:13 pmkallisti5
NVIDIA not Nvida.
also, AMD doesn’t make Nvida products :-\
2011-10-13 9:12 pmDavid Adams
Thanks. I fixed the article to clarify that it’s AMD CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs.
I submitted this poorly edited article. I should have had someone proof read it.
The statement from the link was. “The supercomputer at the DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be renamed “Titan” after it is beefed up with speedy, powerful chips from California companies NVIDIA and Advanced Micro Devices.”
I think this is non impressive, as the fastest super computer today, uses SPARC cpus. An GPU is many times faster than a CPU. When moving computations from CPU to GPU, you typically speed up more than 10x, often 50x. So when Jaguar moves computations from cpu to GPU and only get 2x…. I am not impressed of an GPU solution that is only twice as fast as a cpu solution.
2011-10-14 9:49 amAdurbe
2x as fast means they can sell double the time on it.
I assume they did the maths and $97 million is worth the price for it! (and the ability to say its the fastest in the world really does bring in extra monies)
2011-10-14 11:35 amvidarh
That’s a ridiculous statement without looking at how many GPU’s are being added vs. the number of CPU cores. Jaguar has more than 224,000 AMD cores as it is. How many GPUs vs. CPUs they will be adding depends on to what exactly their workloads demands.
What they said was the current computer fell off the charts in relative speeds against other super computers. This upgrade is claimed to now make it twice as fast as the fastest rated one now.
Did I miss a news item?