By >Akihabara News Team
Japan’s first Petaflop Supercomputer “Tsubame 2.0″ to be launched this Autumn
The super-computer Tsubame 2.0 has been developed by the Tokyo Institute of Technology in collaboration with NEC and HP. It promises a 2.39 petaflops of computing capacity (30 times higher than its predecessor Tsubame 1.0) thanks to some 2,816 Intel six-core 2.96GHz Xeon 5600 (Westmere-EP) microprocessors and 4,224 NVIDIA Tesla M2050 GPUs with lower power consumption as only 1MW (1/25th of its predecessor). What is more, this new super computer boasts low-cost as according to the Tech-On article “normal cost to introduce a supercomputer is about ¥10 million per 1 TFLOPS, the cost to introduce the Tsubame 2.0 is about ¥3 million per 1 TFLOPS.” Hence it will come for about ¥3.2 billion (approx $35.5 million).
Another new feature that is worth mentioning is its multilevel storage architecture consisting of DDR3 DRAM as well as SSDs.
It has been announced to be released in November this year. And actually they have already started to develop a more advanced version, the Tsubame 3.0, which will offer 30PFLOPS with a power consumption the same or less with Tsubame 2.0.