The Tianhe-1A supercomputer was recently unveiled at the HPC 2010 China, this beast has a massive amount of silicon inside, well, to be precise it has 14,336 Intel Xeon Processors and 7,168 NVIDIA Tesla M2050 GPU’s. Now that’s some rad configuration.
It performs at 2.507 petaflops and consumes 4.04 Megawatts, that is 1/3rd of the electricity that would otherwise be consumed if it was to be built entirely from CPU’s, but thanks to the use of GPU’s the power consumption has been reduced greatly. It has dethroned US based Cray XT5 Jaguar which clocks 1.75 petaflops and was at the top spot until now in the supercomputing wars.
Tianhe-1A has been designed by the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) in China and will be used for large scale scientific computations and experiments and thus will help accelerate researches in various fields.
Oh, and by the way it cost $88 million to build, so you’ll have to wait a little before something like that enters your living room.