GPU-Powered Tsubame 2.0 Ranked as only Petaflop System on Green500

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Let’s face it; when it comes to the TOP500, most people pay attention to the biggest systems on the list. But for the Green500, there’s a million ways to spin it.

Today Nvidia announced that, for the second year in a row, the fastest system on the Green500 is powered by the company’s Tesla GPUs. At #2 on the Green500 list, the Tsubame 2.0 supercomputer at the Tokyo Institute of Technology sustains 1.192 Petaflops of LINPACK performance with only 1398.61 Kw of power. The system is also the only contender in the Top5 of both lists (it is also ranked #5 on the TOP500).

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.

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 #3, #9, and #10 respectively. Tesla GPU-based systems also secured #11, #12, and #13 CSIRO in Australia, Tianhe-1A in Tianjin and Nebulae in Shenzhen, China. Read the Full Story.