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Intel recently revealed that the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Tianhe-1A, is powered by 14 396 of its Xeon 5600 series processors. Not to be outdone, the company’s main CPU rival AMD announced at Supercomputing 2010 (SC10), that 24 of the top 50 fastest supercomputers ranked in the bi-annual TOP500 list are using its CPU and/or GPU processor technology.
 
These 24 also includes half of the top ten and 59 supercomputers in the TOP500 list now employ the AMD Opteron platforms, with 22 of these systems being based on the new 8- and 12-core AMD Opteron 6000 Series platform.
 
“AMD has led the HPC community beyond the petaflop barrier and we believe heterogeneous computing will emerge as the favored formula for driving HPC performance to the next level,” said Pat Patla, vice president and general manager, Server and Embedded Division, AMD.
 
“AMD pioneered 64-bit computing and native multi-core processing, and with world-class CPU and GPU technology AMD is ready to lead the heterogeneous computing era.”
 
The CPU and GPU maker also recently revealed that it has joined The Linux Foundation’s MeeGo open source Linux project.

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