Intel the Engine Behind World's Fastest Supercomputer, Nvidia the Throttle

Paul Lilly

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, and Nvidia can lay claim as the heart and soul of the fastest supercomputer on this or any planet that we know of. That's because the Tianhe-1A supercomputer located at the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin, China contains 14,396 Intel Xeon 5600 series processors and over 7,000 Tesla M2050 GPUs .

All that hardware translates into 2.57 petaflops of computing power, making Tianhe-1A the top dog on the 36th edition of the Top500 supercomputer list.

"Our Xeon processor roadmap continues to deliver hugely powerful supercomputers that are helping solve mankind's greatest challenges," said Rajeeb Hazra , general manager of Intel's High Performance Computing organization. "Securing the top position on the Top500 is a source of great pride for Intel, and demonstrates the tremendous leaps in performance and versatility that our processors are delivering across a range of compelling workloads."

Just another notch on Intel's supercomputer belt, really. The Santa Clara chip maker says it's responsible for powering some 80 percent of the systems on the Top500 list, including four of the top six, and more than 90 percent of new systems on the Top500 list.

Image Credit: Nvidia

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