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Exascale

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Mellanox solutions accelerate the fastest supercomputer in the world ...

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Hardware

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Applications

With SGI supercomputer, the University of Tokyo studies artificial intelligence, bioinformatics and more ...

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TOP500

The world's first 100-PFlops-level supercomputer is established and operated in Wuxi, China ...

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The world's first 100-PFlops-level supercomputer is established and operated in Wuxi, China

Sunway TaihuLight Supercomputer. Credit: Science China Press20 Jun 2016 Wuxi - The Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer is the first system in the world that has a peak performance of over 100 PFlops. It is a complete homegrown supercomputer, and is operated by the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi (NSCC-Wuxi). As the world's fastest supercomputer, it contributes largely to research fields such as earth system modeling, ocean surface wave modeling, atomistic simulation, and phase-field simulation. Three of the applications have managed to scale to the full system, and have been nominated as the finalists for the Gordon Bell award of 2016, which is the highest honour in the domain of high performance computing applications.

An overall introduction to the TaihuLight system, "The Sunway TaihuLight Supercomputer: System and Applications", written by Dr. Haohuan Fu, the deputy director of NSCC-Wuxi, and the other authors, is published onScience China Information Sciences. It provides a detailed illustration of the Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer, and its subsystems, including: the software system, the hardware system, the power system, the architecture of the new SW260101 many-core processor, and it also provides introductions to how research fields, such as earth system modelling, ocean surface wave modeling, atomistic simulation, and phase-field simulation, benefit from the supercomputer.

Since the development of supercomputers in the 1970s, scientific computing has become a major scientific paradigm that is as important as the theoretical and experimental branches of the discipline. The computational paradigm has been applied to various scientific domains, such as climate modelling, earth subsurface modelling and inversion, sky simulation, and phase-field simulation, with significant contributions to the advancement of those fields. With scientific advancements, the models that scientists simulate are becoming increasingly complex, and the temporal and spatial resolutions they require are also increasing rapidly. All these factors contribute to the demand for progressively greater computing power.

With the support of the National High Technology Research and Development Programme (863 Programme) of China, we have seen the swift development of Chinese supercomputer systems. As a successor of the Sunway BlueLight system, the Sunway TaihuLight system marks that supercomputers have entered the era of 100 PFlops.

The peak performance of the Sunway TaihuLight is 125 Pflops, the Linpack performance is 93 PFlops, and the performance per Watt is 6.05 GFlops/W.

One major technology innovation of the Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer is the homegrown SW26010 many-core processor, which includes 4 management processing elements (MPEs) and 256 computing processing elements (CPEs), and provides a peak performance over 3.06 TFlops.

The Sunway TaihuLight has already provided computational support to research universities and institutes in China, such as Tsinghua University, Beijing Normal University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the First Institute of Oceanography, and achieved significant performance results in key research domains.

Fu H.H., Liao J.F., Yang J.Z., et al. are the authors of the paper titled "The Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer: system and applications". The paper is published inSciences China Information Sciences, 2016, 59(7): 072001, doi: 10.1007/s11432-016-5588-7.

Source: Science China Press

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Primeur live 2016-06-21

Exascale

Mellanox and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announce joint collaboration to design exascale system ...

Focus on Europe

Eurotech introduces the Aurora Tigon v4, available today and designed for Exascale ...

Middleware

Software to underpin pioneering supercomputing research in Japan ...

Mellanox solutions accelerate the fastest supercomputer in the world ...

Mellanox HPC-X framework extends smart in-network computing ...

Hardware

Cray boosts performance of its flagship Cray XC supercomputers and high performance storage systems ...

Supermicro launches a wide range of HPC SuperServer, storage, and networking solutions with the latest Intel processors and Intel Omni-Path fabric; plus GPU and NVMe All-Flash storage technologies at ISC’16 ...

NVIDIA Tesla P100 Supercharges HPC Applications by More Than 30X ...

NERSC readying for Cori Phase 2 Knights Landing-based system ...

Applications

With SGI supercomputer, the University of Tokyo studies artificial intelligence, bioinformatics and more ...

Titan shines light on high-temperature superconductor pathway ...

TOP500

The world's first 100-PFlops-level supercomputer is established and operated in Wuxi, China ...

The Cloud

Oracle and Mellanox to collaborate on high speed Cloud networking standards ...

Company news

Cavium adds Microsemi's storage solutions to ThunderX processor family ...

Sugon announces ThunderX blades for Galaxias SDC1000 high density server for data centres ...

Bright extends partnership with Huawei in EMEA ...