Titan, world’s fastest super computer is now open for scientific research which can forecast the weather information more accurately. It is operated in Tennessee by Oak Ridge National Laboratory as part of the DOE’s network of research labs. It can process 20 peta flops per second which means it can easily work out 20,000 trillion calculations each second with the help of nVidia GPUs.
Titan is 10-times more powerful and five-times more energy efficient than Oak Ridge’s last system, dubbed Jaguar and makes use of discrete graphics chips, or GPUs,which are commonly used for video-games, along with standard microprocessors.
TITAN is developed by Cray, contains 18,688 nodes, with each containing a 16-core AMD Opteron processor and an Nvidia Tesla GPU based on the graphics chipmaker’s Kepler architecture. Titan also has more than 700 terabytes of memory.
Titan is mainly built to address the following areas
- Material science code
- Climate change
- Nuclear energy
The supercomputer will be mainly open to research by academics as well as governmental labs and a number of industries, thus being used for a number of useful purposes.