In the recent TOP500 supercomputer list which was recently released, it has revealed how many of the machines are now using accelerators. This reflects the new importance of the GPU to providing even more power and faster calculations.
NVIDIA have revealed that 100 of the supercomputers are accelerated systems, and out of these 70 are NVIDIA Tesla GPU-based supercomputers. They reveal:
- One-third of FLOPS are now powered by accelerators
- NVIDIA Tesla GPU sweep 23 of 24 new accelerated supercomputers
- Tesla supercomputers growing at 48% CARG over past five years
The use of GPUS to allow for faster processing is coming from the need for more power, with old methods simply not giving the results that are needed. Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and chief executive officer at NVIDIA has this to say:
“One day, all supercomputers will be accelerated,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and chief executive officer at NVIDIA. “Leading supercomputing sites around the world have turned to GPU-accelerated computing, reflected in today’s TOP500 list. As the pace of discovery accelerates and researchers turn to computation, machine learning and visualization, we fully expect to see this trend increase.”
With the rise of the accelerated systems it is interesting to see NVIDIA positioning itself as one of the major players in this area of computing. As GPU processors become more powerful they obviously have more potential than only powering graphics in consoles and computers, and can make a real difference in the world.
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