The Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization [CSIRO] has announced that they have officially fired up a GPU supercomputer capable of 256TFlops of peak performance [no word on whether this is single or double precision peak]. The machine is comprised of 64 NVIDIA S1070 GPUs and 28 Dual-Xeon compute nodes. Also included in the install is a 144 port Infiniband switch and an 80 TB Hitachi NAS.
According to Nvidia spokesperson Andrew Humber, CSIRO scientists have already reported “speedups” of 10-100X in their research applications by deploying the GPU-based system.
The release quotes genome research, 3D medical imaging and ocean nutrient modeling as the first target workloads. CSIRO posted a great overview video on YouTube. Check it out. Also, check out the original release here.