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As you may have read in the news, the 41st semiannual TOP500 list of the world's most powerful supercomputers was announced a few days ago at the 2013 International Supercomputing Conference in Germany. Weighing in at a hefty 33.86 Petaflops on the Linpack benchmark, China's Tianhe-2 Supercomputer packs quite the computing punch, and now holds the title of "World's Most Powerful Supercomputer" - at least for the time being. It's more than 3,100,000 computing cores are made up of 16,000 nodes, each containing two Intel Xeon Ivy-Bridge processors and three Xeon Phi co-processors.

 

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With all the exciting things happening lately, I almost forgot to post this.

If you are into high performance computing or cloud gaming and GPUs, have a quick look at our Immersion Cooling Concept Design for 64 Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors and 8 HPC mainboards in the space of a suitcase. After the design was shown at the 3M booth at the HPCC-USA Supercomputer Conference in Rhode Island, we've been getting a couple of questions. Especially after AMD announced its Radeon Sky Series GPU for the cloud at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) last month, and NVIDIA showed off their GRID systems at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC), people started to connect the dots.

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We've been spending all of last year around FPGA devices, but lately we spent a bit of time with Intel's Xeon Phi coprocessor. What took 9,298 CPUs and occupied 72 server racks in 1997 now fits on a tiny little chip the size of an iPod Nano.

This new chip, formerly called Knights Corner, delivers 1 teraflop of double precision floating point performance. And what's more, Intel promises we'll see accurate 28 days weather forecasts (!) within the decade, something we couldn't imagine just a week ago.

With a price tag of $2600, the Xeon Phi coprocessor is a HPC (high performance computing) product and not available for the every day gaming PC. While it was just released, it has already been installed in a couple of supercomputers around the world. Apparently Intel is also preparing to ship 100,000 units to China within 2013, where Tianhe-2, the world's fastest supercomputer aiming 100 petaflops, will be built.

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