The Fastest Gun In The West

The titan which is considered a supercomputer has become the world’s fastest machine capable of churning through 17.59 petaflops per second or quadrillions of calculations per second. There is no doubt that this is really a very fast computer with its blurring speeds of computing and such.

The multimillion Titan, by the US based Cray Inc., which seized the No.1 supercomputer ranking on the Top 500 list, will be 10 times more powerful than Cray’s last world leading system, Jaguar, which had set a world record for computer speed and claimed the No.1 spot on the list of the fastest supercomputers in 2009. The Titan system is a 200-cabinet Cray XK7 supercomputer with quite a lot of compute nodes, each consisting of a 16-core AMD Opteron 6200 Series processor and an NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU Accelerator.

Titan is located at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US and will be used to perform calculations for materials research, nuclear energy research and analysis of techniques which can make combustion engines more efficient. Cray had last year announced that it had bagged the contract to upgrade the Jaguar to Titan. This really belongs with the world’s fastest computers hall of fame. There may come a time when this system will fall inferior to a newer computer but until then, this one holds the crown to being the world’s fastest computing device ever to be assembled.

The Titan supercomputer is an incredibly powerful Cray system combining innovative technologies from companies such as AMD and NVIDIA, surrounded by a tightly integrated Cray hardware and software infrastructure. It truly is a work of art when you look at it at a different perspective. It is a masterpiece made by the hands of great artisans of their own line of expertise and will truly be a great asset to whoever it serves as a supercomputer.


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