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Slidecast: Nvidia Kepler K20x GPUs Power World’s No. 1 Supercomputer

In this video, Nvidia’s Sumit Gupta describes the Kepler K20x accelerator for HPC applications. Today Nvidia unveiled the Tesla K20 family of GPU accelerators as the technology powering Titan, the world’s fastest supercomputer according to the TOP500 list released this morning at the SC12 supercomputing conference.

We are taking advantage of NVIDIA GPU architectures to significantly accelerate simulations in such diverse areas as climate and meteorology, seismology, astrophysics, fluid mechanics, materials science, and molecular biophysics.” said Dr. Thomas Schulthess, professor of computational physics at ETH Zurich and director of the Swiss National Supercomputing Center. “The K20 family of accelerators represents a leap forward in computing compared to NVIDIA’s prior Fermi architecture, enhancing productivity and enabling us potentially to achieve new insights that previously were impossible.”

Additional early customers include: Clemson University, Indiana University, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), University of Southern California (USC), and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU).

The K20X GPU is now shipping. According to Nvidia more than 30 petaflops of performance have already been delivered in the last 30 days. This is equivalent to the computational performance of last year’s 10 fastest supercomputers combined.

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