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The ‘Best-of-the-Best’ Supercomputers Leverage AMD Opteron Processors

  • 25 June, 2009 13:20

<p>— AMD Opteron™ processors are in more of the 20 highest-performing
supercomputers on the Top500 Supercomputer Sites list than any other processor
—<br/>
<br/>
<strong>Hamburg, Germany </strong>- <strong>June 25, 2009</strong> - At the
International Supercomputing Conference, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that
<br/>
AMD Opteron™ processors continue to power many of the highest-performing
supercomputers in the world, including the top two overall. <br/>
AMD Opteron processor highlights from the latest Top500 Supercomputer Sites
list include:<br/>
<br/>
• For the third straight time, the AMD Opteron processor helps power the
number one “Roadrunner” supercomputer;<br/>
• The Cray “Jaguar” supercomputer based on Quad-Core AMD Opteron
processors at Oak Ridge National Labs is number two;<br/>
• AMD is utilized in nine of the top 20 supercomputers, more than any
other processor provider;<br/>
• Four of the top 10 supercomputers use AMD Opteron processors; <br/>
• The AMD Opteron processor powers 20 Cray supercomputers, including six
in the top 25;<br/>
• The recently launched Six-Core AMD Opteron processor (formerly code-named
“Istanbul”) has already appeared in two Cray XT5 supercomputers;
<br/>
• The top two academic research supercomputers are based on Quad-Core
AMD Opteron processors – “Kraken” at the University of Tennessee
is number six and “Ranger” at the Texas Advanced Computing Center
(TACC) is number eight.<br/>
<br/>
The semi-annual Top500 Supercomputer Sites list determines its rankings based
on the LINPACK benchmark. Recently, Advanced Clustering Technologies published
LINPACK scores based on the Six-Core AMD Opteron processor which demonstrate
a remarkable cost-per-GFLOP of $35.21<font size="1">1</font><br/>
<br/>
<strong>Supporting Resources</strong> <br/>
• Photos of NICS Supercomputer<br/>
• Latest AMD Opteron Processor Benchmarks<br/>
• @Work Blog Post from John Fruehe<br/>
• Video from Cray discussing the benefits of “Istanbul”<br/>
<br/>
<strong>About AMD</strong> <br/>
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is an innovative technology company dedicated
to collaborating with customers and technology partners to ignite the next generation
of computing and graphics solutions at work, home and play. For more information,
visit <a href="#">http://www.amd.com</a><br/>
<br/>
AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, AMD Opteron, and combinations thereof are trademarks
of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes only
and may be trademarks of their respective owners.<br/>
<font size="1"><br/>
1. Based on peak performance of 99.38 GFLOPS divided by node cost of $3,500
as reported on http://www.advancedclustering.com/company-blog/high-performance-linpack-on-xeon-5500-v-opteron-2400.html
as of June 16, 2009. Configuration: Six-Core AMD Opteron processor Model 2435
(2.6GHz), Supermicro H8DMT-IBX, 16GB DDR2-800, 250GB SATA II @ 7200 RPM w/16MB
cache. </font><br/>
<br/>
<strong>PR CONTACT</strong><br/>
Renato Catalan<br/>
Gap Marketing and Management Pty Ltd<br/>
Website: <a href="#">www.gapmarketing.com.au</a><br/></p>

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