AMD exec touts PS4’s Jaguar APU as being more than just a run-of-the-mill x86 solution
From insisting that it was the one who dumped Sony to taking a jibe at the Playstation 4’s AMD supplied custom APU, Nvidia has been behaving a lot like a jilted lover ever since the Japanese company unveiled its eighth-generation console last month. But what does archrival AMD, which currently enjoys a near-monopoly in the console market, have to say about why it was chosen ahead of Nvidia for Sony’s next-generation console?
According to the latest list of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers, China is home to two of the top ten machines, including Nebulae, the second fastest supercomputer on the planet.
"China's ambitions to enter the supercomputing arena have become obvious," said the compilers of the list.
In terms of theoretical peak performance, Nebulae leads the pack with 2.98 petaflops, the highest ever on the Top 500 list. Nebulae hasn't actually achieved that level of performance, however, so far topping out at 1.271 PFlop/s. Jaguar, the world's fastest supercomputer, resides in Tennessee and holds the record with 1.75 PFlop/s, though its theoretical peak performance is 2.3 PFlop/s.
China is now home to 24 of the top 500 supercomputers in the world.
Novell has perused the most recent list of the top 500 supercomputers in the world, and nine of the top ten run on Linux. Not only that, but 85% of the entire list run Linux. It’s not hard to guess why Novell might take an interest in this; Novell’s SuSE Linux is the distro of choice in six of the top ten supercomputers.
After tabulations were complete, Novell wasted no time patting themselves on the back. “Supercomputers are helping to push the boundary of science and knowledge around the world, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell has been chosen as the optimal operating system to power many of these HPC environments for good reasons,” said Novell VP of Business Development Holger Dryoff.
The current king of the supercomputer hill is the Jaguar computer at the US Department of Energy Oak Ridge lab. It's quite a monster of a machine, capable of 2.3 petaflops. It runs Linux, but not Novell's SuSE. Rest assured, as soon as one of these supercomputers develops sentience and proceeds to wipe out humanity, odds are it will be running on open source. There will be no blue screen to save mankind.