Nvidia's Tesla GPUs Featured In New Chinese Supercomputer

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Nvidia says its Tesla GPUs are featured inside a Chinese supercomputer which is expected to top the official list of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers, which is due to be published next week.

China's Tianhe-1A has taken over the supercomputer crown from a system in Oak Ridge National Laboratories in Tennessee, which can achieve up to 2.3 petraflops, Nvidia said on Thursday.

Designed by China's National University of Defense Technology and located at the National Supercomputing Center in the city of Tianjin, Tianhe-1A reaches speeds of up to 2.507 petaflops and features 7,168 Tesla graphics chips from Nvidia and 14,336 central processing units designed by Intel .

"The performance and efficiency of Tianhe-1A was simply not possible without GPUs," Guangming Liu, chief of National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin said in a statement. "The scientific research that is now possible with a system of this scale is almost without limits; we could not be more pleased with the results."

China has invested billions of dollars to build powerful supercomputers, which are used to solve problems in defense, energy, finance, and science. For Nvidia, this area represents broader opportunities within the company's long-term strategy driven by the CUDA parallel processing architecture, codenamed "Fermi."


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