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European supercomputer breaks 1PFLOP barrier

European supercomputer breaks 1PFLOP barrier

The Tera 100 at the French CEA-DAM has become the first European supercomputer to break 1 petaflop.

Europe has a new fastest supercomputer, as the Xeon-powered Tera 100 breaks the petaflop barrier for the first time.

While it's not going to challenge China's Fermi-powered 2.5 petaflop Tianhe-1 supercomputer any time soon, the joint project between supercomputer specialist Bull and the Military Applications Division of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission is now officially the fastest supercomputer in Europe.

Based around 17,480 Intel Xeon 7500-series processors, the room-filling supercomputer packs 140,000 RAM modules into its chassis in order to offer a total memory capacity of 300TB. For storage, the system is backed by a whopping 20PB - that's petabytes - of disk capacity, with benchmarks demonstrating data transfer rates of around 500GB/s.

In the Linpack benchmark, which forms the basis of the TOP 500 supercomputer ranking system, the Tera 100 managed to score 1.05 petaflops - the first supercomputer in Europe to do so. Engineers working on the project believe that they can push it harder, too, with an estimated peak processing speed of 1.25 petaflops.

Designed for round-the-clock operation, the Tera 100 is built to offer the widest possible range of simulation applications to its military masters, distinguishing itself from rival supercomputing platforms that are often built around the needs of a single application.

Speaking of the landmark benchmark result, CEA-DAM director Jean Gonnord claimed that the partnership with Bull 'opens up the way for even more powerful systems, and for even greater co-operation in the design and development of the next generation of European computers; the Exa-scale systems that are expected to appear before 2020.'

Are you pleased to see the state of European supercomputing advancing ever forward, or just disappointed to see that it's the military that will be playing with this particular toy? Shocked to see a supercomputing specialist not going down the CUDA route? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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lacuna 10th November 2010, 12:37 Quote
Do the French military really need a supercomputer? Waving a white flag isn't all that complicated really...
REMF 10th November 2010, 12:38 Quote
"or just disappointed to see that it's the military that will be playing with this particular toy?"

why would i be disappointed by the military using it?
Tangster 10th November 2010, 12:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
Do the French military really need a supercomputer? Waving a white flag isn't all that complicated really...

Maybe they're raytracing it in real time?
Timmy_the_tortoise 10th November 2010, 12:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tangster
Maybe they're raytracing it in real time?

I think perhaps they just want to play Crysis at a decent frame rate.
V3ctor 10th November 2010, 12:56 Quote
They're researching for a new way to make croissants...
BRAWL 10th November 2010, 13:00 Quote
They're clearly researching the best way to retreat, quickest, fastest. That or working out how to make their president grow by 6 inches.
Teelzebub 10th November 2010, 13:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
Do the French military really need a supercomputer? Waving a white flag isn't all that complicated really...

+Rep
KENDIK 10th November 2010, 13:07 Quote
Reminds me of this, back from the old days http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/text/victories.html
billysielu 10th November 2010, 14:10 Quote
lol CUDA = the hottest super computer of all time.
paisa666 10th November 2010, 14:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
Do the French military really need a supercomputer? Waving a white flag isn't all that complicated really...

+Rep for you my friend... that was hilarious!!
borandi 10th November 2010, 15:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by billysielu
lol CUDA = the hottest super computer of all time.

/facepalm

Come back when you understand.
Farting Bob 10th November 2010, 16:14 Quote
If this is just using server CPU's for its mega number crunching compared to the Chinese (and a few others being built) using GPU's then i expect this to be far more flexible in letting the scientists use it for whatever they want, GPU's tend to only like crunching certain kinds of problems and suck at others. Fortunately for them the linpack benchmarks likes GPU's so they get to sit on top for a while.
benjjamin 10th November 2010, 17:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by paisa666
Quote:
Originally Posted by lacuna
Do the French military really need a supercomputer? Waving a white flag isn't all that complicated really...

+Rep for you my friend... that was hilarious!!

That made me giggle too.
Fizzban 10th November 2010, 17:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
Do the French military really need a supercomputer? Waving a white flag isn't all that complicated really...

LooL. You clearly win the thread. :D
Andre_B 10th November 2010, 19:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
Do the French military really need a supercomputer? Waving a white flag isn't all that complicated really...
Classic!
vampalan 10th November 2010, 20:01 Quote
So does it play Crysis? :D
Zephyr 10th November 2010, 20:02 Quote
I wasn't going to comment but I can't help myself...

Are silly France-surrender jokes the best you can manage here? Jokes that are told every single time an article concerning France is produced fill the majority of the thread. The computer will primarily be used by the Energy Commission, and I don't really care which country/company develops the technologies for alternative energy sources.

Oh and lulz france white flag amirite
Fizzban 10th November 2010, 20:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Zephyr
I wasn't going to comment but I can't help myself...

Are silly France-surrender jokes the best you can manage here? Jokes that are told every single time an article concerning France is produced fill the majority of the thread. The computer will primarily be used by the Energy Commission, and I don't really care which country/company develops the technologies for alternative energy sources.

Oh and lulz france white flag amirite

Sorry. Warring with a nation multiple times over the centurys and having one war last over a 100 years, kinda instils a little..jesting. Americans may not like France much, but they don't have half the reason us UK folks do. And it's all mutual..don't worry.
kwstas 10th November 2010, 20:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
Do the French military really need a supercomputer? Waving a white flag isn't all that complicated really...

Racism in the United Kingdom

yougotkicked 10th November 2010, 21:27 Quote
And yet they still lag in black ops like the rest of us.
Showerhead 10th November 2010, 22:20 Quote
Maybe the want to play ARMA2 at a decent framerate with everything at max.
Unicorn 10th November 2010, 22:39 Quote
Bah, 1 Petaflop. When I saw this shortened thread title on the main forum index I thought a European HPC had broken the world record :/
llamafur 11th November 2010, 03:05 Quote
Someone break in and install F@H on that monster.
1-0-1 11th November 2010, 05:19 Quote
Is that datacentre picture real? Does bit-tech have more photos?
[USRF]Obiwan 11th November 2010, 08:37 Quote
They probably simulating a roman attack on a unnamed coastal village in Armorica, a province of Gaul (modern France) That is defended by a magic potion made by a druid that gives the village people unbelievable strength. They particularly focus on a fat dude caring a big stone 'thingy' who fell into a kettle which contained the potion as a child. They trying to simulate roman armies defeating this dude in countless simulations but until now they have failed to defeat this dude. With the new 1.5PF power they are confident that they will find a solution.
kiwik 11th November 2010, 16:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
They probably simulating a roman attack on a unnamed coastal village in Armorica, a province of Gaul (modern France) That is defended by a magic potion made by a druid that gives the village people unbelievable strength. They particularly focus on a fat dude caring a big stone 'thingy' who fell into a kettle which contained the potion as a child. They trying to simulate roman armies defeating this dude in countless simulations but until now they have failed to defeat this dude. With the new 1.5PF power they are confident that they will find a solution.
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nicae 11th November 2010, 17:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by kiwik
Asterix winrar

* and Obelix?
new_world_order 12th November 2010, 03:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lizard
A supercomputer at the French CEA-DAM has become the first in Europe to break 1 petaflops.

Keyword is "break"; now they have to "fix" the petaflop barrier. It was made of concrete I believe.
confusis 12th November 2010, 04:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by 1-0-1
Is that datacentre picture real? Does bit-tech have more photos?

Possibly related? http://www-hpc.cea.fr/_video/T100-en.htm
1-0-1 12th November 2010, 07:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by confusis
Possibly related? http://www-hpc.cea.fr/_video/T100-en.htm

I am very intrigued by that mesh design on the cabinets. Recon it does not have any functional use but nonetheless makes it all look so out there.

What would be interesting to know is how well does something like that scale out or scale up. Or is it just a run-and-burn solution which needs to be replaced completely after the workload put too much burden on the hardware.
Tattysnuc 14th November 2010, 21:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by confusis
Possibly related? http://www-hpc.cea.fr/_video/T100-en.htm

This certainly looks like it. The numbers correspond too.
lifer 14th November 2010, 22:39 Quote
Stupid humans always using supercomputers to design a better bomb. Imagine the progress that could be made if all that power was put to worthwhile endeavors.
theflatworm 15th November 2010, 01:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by REMF
"or just disappointed to see that it's the military that will be playing with this particular toy?"

why would i be disappointed by the military using it?

Yeah, what could be more worthwhile than killing folk? :-p
new_world_order 15th November 2010, 01:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by lifer
Stupid humans always using supercomputers to design a better bomb. Imagine the progress that could be made if all that power was put to worthwhile endeavors.

The only nukes ever dropped on people were designed with pencil and paper.
lifer 15th November 2010, 01:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by new_world_order
Quote:
Originally Posted by lifer
Stupid humans always using supercomputers to design a better bomb. Imagine the progress that could be made if all that power was put to worthwhile endeavors.

The only nukes ever dropped on people were designed with pencil and paper.

Just wait for WW3 and we can all enjoy the fruits of these supercomputers.
theflatworm 15th November 2010, 16:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by lifer
Quote:
Originally Posted by new_world_order
Quote:
Originally Posted by lifer
Stupid humans always using supercomputers to design a better bomb. Imagine the progress that could be made if all that power was put to worthwhile endeavors.

The only nukes ever dropped on people were designed with pencil and paper.

Just wait for WW3 and we can all enjoy the fruits of these supercomputers.

One word: GODFREAKINGZILLA!!
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