Intel takes majority of supercomputer top 500

The Top 500 supercomputer list gave ample opportunity for bitter rivals Intel and AMD to talk up all the good they’re doing in that sector.

AMD issued a statement headlined: “AMD supercomputing leadership continues with broader developer ecosystem and latest top 500”. It keenly pointed out that 24 of the top 100 are powered by AMD, though Intel was pleased to announce its architecture powered 74 percent of all systems, and 77 percent of all new entries.

Intel talked up the fact that Europe’s fastest supercomputer – SuperMUC in Germany – makes use of the Intel Xeon E5 family. The system delivers 2.9 petaflops, which is a fair amount of flops. Meanwhile, the company has decided on the brand for its Many Integrated Core architecture products. They will be out by the end of 2012. Chipzilla has abandoned Knight’s Corner to go with ‘Xeon Phi’. Xeon Phi will be available in the PCIe form factor, holding over 50 cores and a minimum of 8GB GDDR5 memory, plus 512b wide SIMD support.

AMD pointed out that, working closely with its partners in HPC, there have been several new developments in LS-DYNA simulation software for LSTC’s AMD Opteron 6200 series, as well as programming options for AMD GPUs from CAPS, and Mellanox’s Connect-IB announcement that promises to bring FDR 56Gb/s InfiiBand to AMD portfolios.

LS-DYNA is an element program that simulates complex problems and is used by the auto, aerospace, construction, military, manufacturing, and biongineering industries. The beta version is available while general availability should come in the third quarter 2012.

Intel claims that, with its technology, the HPC industry will be tackling challenges like mapping the full human genome in 12 hours at under $1,000, compared to the two weeks at $60,000 that is necessary now. The company promises to deliver exascale performance by 2018.

IBM nabbed the slot for most powerful supercomputer on the list.