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Oak Ridge Joins Hands with Nvidia To Build Fastest Supercomputer

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has joined forces with the chip maker Nvidia in order to power what could be termed as one of the fastest supercomputers in the world.

As a part of this new project, Oak Ridge will be integrating Nvidia’s 18,000 Nvidia graphics processing unit (GPUs) in its Titan supercomputer. With this, the Oak Ridge, Tennessee based multi program science and technology laboratory is hoping that the Titan will be able to deliver as high as 20 petaflops of peak performance, eventually establishing itself as one of the fastest supercomputers ever made.

It was only last year when Nvidia announced that the company had supplied chips to China’s Tianhe-1A project, which also happened to be the fastest supercomputer in the planet around that time.

As of June this year, the Tianhe-1A lost its numero uno title and was thrown back to the no. 2 slot in the world’s fastest supercomputers-list. It was closely followed by the existing design of Oak Ridge at No. 3 position.

“Titan will be used for a variety of important research projects, including the development of more commercially viable biofuels, cleaner burning engines, safer nuclear energy, and more efficient solar power," said Jeff Nichols, associate laboratory director for Computing and Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, c|net reports.