Monday, October 29th 2012

ORNL Debut of Cray XK7 "Titan" AMD and NVIDIA-Powered Supercomputer

Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced the launch of the Company's new series of production hybrid supercomputers -- the Cray XK7 system -- in conjunction with today's debut of the Cray XK7 supercomputer nicknamed "Titan" located at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Titan is capable of more than 20 petaflops of high performance computing (HPC) power and is the world's most powerful supercomputer for open science.

The Titan system is a 200-cabinet Cray XK7 supercomputer with 18,688 compute nodes each consisting of a 16-Core AMD Opteron 6200 Series processor and an NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU Accelerator. Titan was upgraded from a Cray XT5 supercomputer nicknamed "Jaguar."


The transformation from Jaguar to Titan is another significant milestone in the collaborative partnership between Cray and ORNL that has produced groundbreaking HPC accomplishments. In 2008, Jaguar set a world record for computer speed with sustained performance of more than one petaflops on two scientific applications, and the system subsequently passed that threshold a total of five times on real-world applications. In 2009, Jaguar claimed the number one spot on the list of the fastest supercomputers in the world. In October 2011, Cray announced it had received a contract to upgrade Jaguar to Titan and equip the system with NVIDIA Tesla 20-series GPUs; and today, the Cray XK7 system made its debut.

"Today's unveiling of the Titan supercomputer is an exciting moment for Oak Ridge and the Department of Energy's Office of Science, and while the system is currently going through the acceptance process, all of us at Cray share in the enthusiasm that surrounds this amazing tool for open science," said Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray. "The Titan supercomputer is an incredibly powerful Cray XK7 system combining innovative technologies from companies such as AMD and NVIDIA, surrounded by a tightly-integrated Cray hardware and software infrastructure. With today's launch of the Cray XK7, we can now offer our customers the same technologies found in one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world."

The Cray XK7 system features the latest production hybrid supercomputing technologies. By combining the features of the proven high performance Gemini interconnect, the new NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPUs and the 16-core AMD Opteron processors, the Cray XK7 system is capable of scaling to more than 50 petaflops of performance.

The Cray XK7 supercomputer also features a unified CPU/GPU programming environment that provides users with validated tools, libraries, compilers and third-party software, fully integrated with the system's hardware. When combined with the Cray Linux Environment, the result is a hybrid supercomputer that blends scalable hardware, software and network. Cray XK7 customers will be able to utilize the capabilities of a multi-purpose supercomputer designed for the next-generation of many-core, HPC applications.

Upgradeable from Cray XT4, Cray XT5, Cray XT6, Cray XE6 or Cray XK6 systems, the Cray XK7 supercomputer is available now. The system can be configured in a single cabinet with tens of compute nodes, to a multi-cabinet system with tens of thousands of compute nodes.

Additional information on the Cray XK7 supercomputer, including a brochure and technical details, can be found on the Cray XK7 system page on the Cray website.

Titan is currently going through the system acceptance process. Cray will not recognize the remaining revenue associated with this system until it has been accepted, and the timing of such acceptance remains uncertain.
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18 Comments on ORNL Debut of Cray XK7 "Titan" AMD and NVIDIA-Powered Supercomputer

#1
NC37
But can it play Crysis?!
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#2
Alvy Ibn Feroz
by: NC37
But can it play Crysis?!
i think it cant :D :p
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#4
blanarahul
by: Alvy Ibn Feroz
i think it cant :D :p
It can't. Because it is not optimized to run on a million CUDA Cores and a thousand CPU cores. :D
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#5
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: NC37
But can it play Crysis?!
It will play 1000 instances of Crysis in virtual machines running Windows.
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#6
blanarahul
by: btarunr
It will play 1000 instances of Crysis in virtual machines running Windows.
That would be awesome.
BTW I just noticed. Do you really live in INDIA? REALLY?
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#8
natr0n
It's nice to see AMD and Nvidia in a supercomputer.

Reminds me of the nforce chipset days.:)
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#9
BUCK NASTY
F@H Mod & 4P Enthusiust
OMG, let me get my hands on it. By my calculations, this thing would produce 1.8 billion points per day for Folding@Home:D.
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#11
Patriot
by: BUCK NASTY
OMG, let me get my hands on it. By my calculations, this thing would produce 1.8 billion points per day for Folding@Home:D.
oO
only a couple of magnitudes off... >300B cpu only....
There is no way to tell really... as the client wouldn't run on it anyways.
However Stanford would make one... just wouldn't count on any team.
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#12
HumanSmoke
by: Dj-ElectriC
AMD and NVIDIA?
According to self-proclaimed super-expert Chuckie D, the Nvidia contribution is only a "probable" (or rather; "probably makes a that part" !)


Watch out for future CD EXCLUSIVES!: " The Sun may produce heat" and "The Earth is probably round-ish...maybe"
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#13
OneCool
Sneak in to their lab and install one instance of Driver Cleaner click OK and run out of the building.



BOOM!!!!!!!!!!!
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#14
[H]@RD5TUFF
The Cray XK6 was an impressive machine, I'd really like to see the numbers this machine can pump out!:eek:
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#15
jihadjoe
So that's where all the GK110s ended up!
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#16
PLSG08
Next is they should work together to make the world's most powerful GPU :D
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#17
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: natr0n
Reminds me of the nforce chipset days.
My Phenom II 940 is in an ASUS M4N72-E with a nForce 750a SLI chipset and it works like a champ. :cool:
It actually rebuilds a RAID-5 faster than my X79 does, which is kind of amusing. The X79 provides more consistent performance though.
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#18
Recus
by: HumanSmoke
According to self-proclaimed super-expert Chuckie D, the Nvidia contribution is only a "probable" (or rather; "probably makes a that part" !)
http://i.imgur.com/AUDvd.jpg

Watch out for future CD EXCLUSIVES!: " The Sun may produce heat" and "The Earth is probably round-ish...maybe"
lol. Fag @ Chuckie D.

90% of Titan power comes from Nvidia K20.
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