The Moscow State University in Russia recently T-Platforms, a high-performance computing company, assigning them with a task that will see T-Platforms develop and construct a ten petaflop cluster which should enter operational status by the time 2013 rolls around. At 10 petaflops, this particular machine ought to place it just shy of the current fastest supercomputer on earth, where credit goes to the Japanese K Computer that has been rated at 10.51 petaflops. In order to achieve this, it will incorporate a range of different node types. T-Platforms is said to construct these nodes from Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge Xeon processors, coupled with the help of NVIDIA’s next-generation Kepler GPU co-processors. There are whispers that Intel’s Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture might also see action in the final project. I secretly believe that it doesn’t really run at 10 petaflops, but rather, offers 140% in real world performance.
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