Titan Supercomputer –Launches New Era for Climate-Change Analysis at 20,000 Trillion Calculations per Second
December 10, 2012 in Technology
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has launched a new era of scientific supercomputing today with Titan, a system capable of more than 20,000 trillion calculations each second — or 20 petaflops — peak performance by employing a family of processors called graphic processing units (GPUs) first created for computer gaming. Titan will provide unprecedented computing power for research in energy, climate change, materials and other disciplines to enable scientific leadership.
Titan is now one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, joining IBM Sequoia BlueGene/Q, also at 20 petaflops peak performance. Titan will be 10 times more powerful than ORNL’s last world-leading system, Jaguar, while overcoming power and space limitations inherent in the previous generation of high-performance computers. “Titan will allow scientists to simulate physical systems more realistically and in far greater detail,” said James Hack, director of ORNL’s National Center for Computational Sciences. “The improvements in simulation fidelity will accelerate progress in a wide range of research areas such as alternative energy and energy efficiency, the identification and development of novel and useful materials and the opportunity for more advanced climate projections.”
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