AMD, University of FIAS to deliver new SANAM supercomputer

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by CBR Staff Writer| 15 November 2012

SANAM supercomputer is powered by 420 AMD FirePro S10000 dual-GPU server graphics cards based on AMD Graphics Core Next Architecture

Semiconductor firm AMD has partnered with University of Frankfurt's Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) in Germany to deliver a new SANAM supercomputer, which will aid FIAS in quantum chromodynamics research.

The new supercomputer is powered by 420 AMD FirePro S10000 dual-GPU server graphics cards based on AMD Graphics Core Next Architecture.

AMD's new supercomputer is capable of sustaining 420 TFLOPS, providing a system energy efficiency of over 2.3 GFLOPS per watt and performing 2,351 million calculations per second per watt.

In addition, the company has also introduced new reliability features that allowed the SANAM supercomputer to perform 3.6 quintillion double-precision operations during its Green500 run.

AMD Graphics Business Unit senior fellow and chief product architect John Gustafson said the SANAM supercomputer consumes a mere 180 kilowatts of power while running.

"With solutions like the FirePro S10000 along with innovative software from AMD and technology partners like AccelerEyes, CAPS Entreprise and PGI we enable institutions engaged in cutting-edge research, like the University's work in quantum chromodynamics, to achieve massive compute performance and processor density, while staying within their power budget," Gustafson said.

 

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