When you take a look at the never ending hunger for greater computing power in high performance computing (HPC), there has been a storm building on the horizon that at first whispered, and now has grown into a roar. The new requirement to boost performance is now closely tied to the ability to consume less energy, and consume less space. These two factors have been on the mind's of everyone involved with supercomputing for years, but the buzz is now meeting reality. We continue to see our industry push the boundaries, from teraFLOPS and petaFLOPS, as we enter the age of Hyperscale Computing. Clearly our ability to increase performance is now being limited more by the availability of the scarce resources of energy and space - and, of course the related costs associated with each.
So we look to our industry-leading HPC sites to define the requirements for growing performance as we look forward. One such leading site is housed at the University of Texas, at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). TACC's new system Stampede, to be in production at the beginning of 2013, is racing forward at a peak performance of 10-petaFLOPS, while breaking records related to these two new X factors I've been writing about. Stampede will use about 200 racks and 10,000 square feet of floor space, while only consuming 5 megawatts of power. Featured in a recent HPC Wire article, editor Michael Feldman states, "... [Stampede] is near tops in energy efficiencey for a petascale cluster."Hats off to the visionaries at TACC and their continued leadership in HPC. You can read the full article here.