Ousted AMD still does well in supercomputer 500

Of the 50 top fastest computers ranked in the bi-annual Top500 list, 24 are using an AMD CPU or GPU.

Additionally, AMD said 59 supercomputers in the same list are using its Opteron platform, including 22 systems based on the new 8- and 12-core AMD Opteron 6000 Series.

One HPC it boasted about was the LOEWE cluster at Goethe University of Frankfurt, which is based on 12-core AMD Opteron 6100 Series processors and ATI Radeon HD 5870 GPUs. It said this project achieved a high ranking in the Green500 list, too.

“AMD has led the HPC community beyond the petaflop barrier and we believe heterogeneous computing will emerge as the favoured formula for driving HPC performance to the next level,” said Pat Patla, vice president and general manager, Server and Embedded Division, AMD.

“AMD pioneered 64-bit computing and native multi-core processing, and with world-class CPU and GPU technology AMD is ready to lead the heterogeneous computing era.”

Also included was the Jaguar, a 1.75 petaflop Cray XT5(TM) supercomputer based on the six-core AMD Opteron processor, sporting almost a quarter of a million cores, which came in at number two in the rankings. While the Franklin, a 1.05 petaflop Cray XE6 based on the 12-core AMD Opteron processor had come in at number five.
Roadrunner, a hybrid system from IBM using AMD Opteron processors in conjunction with IBM Cell technology, located at Los Alamos National Laboratory, made number seven while Kraken, “the fastest academic supercomputer in the United States” at the University of Tennessee, harnesses Six-Core AMD Opteron HE processors to come in at number eight.

In tenth place was Cielo, a joint Cray XE6 supercomputer from Los Alamos National
Laboratories and Sandia National Laboratories leveraging 8-core AMD Opteron 6100 series processors

Of course, the Intel and AMD powered Tianhe-1, in China, is now the fastest supercomputer – ousting the Jaguar.