The Leibniz Supercomputing Center (LRZ), and not, do not ask where the abbreviation comes from) located in Garching, Germany, He announced That he signed a contract with the company IBM Which is expected to give birth to the fastest (and most powerful, to make it more impressive) supercomputer in the world - SuperMUC by name.
This new monster is expected to be used in many general research fields and will therefore be based on IBM's x iDataPlex system, which will enable 14,000 to connect the next-generation Xeon processors (a relatively low number) to a single giant that is expected to reach its peak performance Of about three PetaFLOPS (order of magnitude ten in the fifteen calculations per second). For comparison, the 580GTX card is NVIDIA Capable of reaching its peak at calculations at the rate of one and a half TeraFLOPS, about half a thousandth of the computing pace of the supercomputer.
In addition to the inconceivable processing power, the supercomputer is expected to include a special system for water-based cooling, which is designed to reduce the use of the system Cooling Air-based, and when we say save - we mean it in the full sense of the word, since on such computers about half of the total power consumption is only to operate the equipment Cooling Air needed!
Further details on the cooling system were not provided, but it was claimed that the power consumption of the SuperMUC would be about 40% lower compared to the air-cooled system.
Another interesting fact about the SuperMUC is that it did not use graphics processors to reach the peak-breaking processing power, in contrast to the common trend in supercomputers today, which centers on a hybrid combination between CPUs and GPUs. In the same announcement from the Center for Supercomputers, praise is poured on Xeon's processors Intel, And claimed that their economical design and superior ability to work in a parallel array saved the need for the integration of graphics processing cores into the system, and it was also said that the SuperMUC and its innovative and cost-effective design (relative to the world's most powerful computer) Development Computers are much stronger.
It seems that Ovadia's labors Intel Are becoming more and more effective in parallel operation and multi-core, and these are undoubtedly advantages whose impact will soon be seen not only when we want to accelerate particles somewhere in Switzerland, but also when we just want to see a movie or surf the Internet.