AMD Says World’s Fastest Supercomputers Use Opteron’s

Posted: Jun 18 2008, 7:05am CDT | by , Updated: Nov 10 2010, 1:50am CST, in Notebooks and PCs


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AMD says that 3 of the top 5 supercomputers in the world and 7 of the top 20 supercomputers use AMD Opteron processors. AMD says that for the first time ever its processors are in use in the fastest supercomputer in the world.

AMD says that the Opteron-based Ranger supercomputer at the TACC made its first appearance on the top 500 supercomputers list with a ranking of number 4. The Ranger machine has a score of 326 teraflops. The Ranger machine is used for science research and solves problems for weather prediction and climate modeling as well as genetics and medical research.

"This current TOP500 list, with its first ever petascale performance, not only represents a milestone in scientific computing but also demonstrates the relevance of scalability and balanced system design in high performance computing (HPC). It also points to heterogeneous computing as an emerging and necessary step for the industry," said Randy Allen, senior vice president, Computation Solutions Group, AMD. "AMD and its many supercomputing partners, including top tier OEMs, recognize that for heterogeneous computing to be successful, collaboration among industry leaders is critical. The performance demonstrated on this list by AMD and our partners exceeds what any single solution has ever been able to achieve and we believe this tightly coupled innovation will become more prevalent to the benefit of HPC, as well as business and personal computing customers."


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