back to article Nine of the world’s fastest GPU supercomputers

When it comes to groundbreaking innovations in supercomputing over the last decade, there are few shifts that made bigger waves than the introduction of heterogeneous computing. Coupling high-performance host processors with a graphic-processing boost has helped several top-ranked supercomputers achieve performance and energy …

  1. Dadmin

    You had me at...

    Tokyo Institute of Technology

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: You had me at...

      Pity, there's only one...

      1. Michael Duke

        Re: You had me at...

        Tokyo Institute of Technology Supercomputer

        There you go, problem solved :)

  2. kryptylomese

    And they all run Windows 10?....How About OS X?... Nope, none of them run anything from Microsoft or Apple:-

    1. Titan Supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Lab:-

    Cray Linux Environment

    2. “Piz Daint” at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre:-

    Cray Linux Environment

    3. Tulip Trading Supercomputer in Australia:-

    Centos 6 (Linux)

    4. Eni S.p.A Oil and Gas Supercomputer in Italy

    Linux

    5. “TSUBAME 2.5” at the Tokyo Institute of Technology

    SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11

    6. Tianhe-1A at the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin, China

    Linux

    7. Lomonosov 2 at Moscow State University Research Computing Center in Russia

    CentOS (Linux)

    8. Nebulae at the National Supercomputing Centre in Shenzhen

    Linux

    9. XStream at the Stanford Research Computing Center

    Linux

    1. Lars Silver badge
      Linux

      Out of the 500, 488 are now Linux, that's 97%. At number 436 there is this one and only Windows machine, in China. Then there are 10 Unix left the first as number 107 in Russia. The one missing is registered as mixed, number 411 in Saudi Arabia, apparently a Power machine by IBM, Aix plus Linux perhaps.

      It is of course also possible to run Windows beneath Linux, although I have no figures on that usage.

      The part of Linux is not surprising at all, Linux started to appear on the list more than 15 years ago and is now the standard. Was it not Linux it would be Unix versions.

      While I am a Linux user and fan, if you want, I want to point out that we should not forget guys like Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie who designed Unix and got so many things right almost 50 years ago. Dennis Ritchie died in 2011.

      As for the data it's on http://top500.org/statistics/sublist/

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  4. YARR

    The slowing performance gains of CPUs in recent years has reduced the need to refresh desktops/laptop as often, and it's looking the same for mobile computing devices with tablet sales now falling. Are GPU performance gains also slowing, and has this affected the refresh rate of HPC systems?

  5. Stuart Halliday
    Happy

    So, how many light rays can it plot per second?

  6. Christopher Reeve's Horse

    Something, something, Crysis, something...

    Maybe the standard benchmark for GPU enabled HPC's should be the maximum theoretical resolution at which it will still play Crysis at 60fps?

  7. The Jester

    But the question is, what's the bitcoin hashrate of each?

  8. tullio

    BOINC programs

    I am using nVidia GPU boards, a GTX 1050 Ti on a Windows host and a GTX 750 Ti on a Linux host to process SETI@home and Einstein@home tasks both on CPUs and GPUs. The speed difference between a CPU processed task and a GPU processed task si simply amazing.

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