Feeds

NUDT on HPC battle: Total cluster supremacy - Who needs it?

LINPACK win's more than enough for Chinese comp sci boffins

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

SC12 Video Team NUDT (China’s own National University of Defense Technology) was all smiles when I stopped by their booth on the final day of the SC12 Student Cluster Competition (SCC). And what’s not to smile about? They had just won the LINPACK award with their record-breaking 3 Teraflop/s score and were considered a serious contender for the overall award.

We discussed their LINPACK achievement, and they showed me the plaque (it’s a nice plaque). Then the conversation turned to how they thought they’d do on the scientific applications that make up the bulk of the scoring for the overall award. Their overall reaction to this question? Despite the language barrier, it was a clear “meh.”

After talking to the team and seeing some of the final results, I’m pretty sure that the NUDT team was putting all of their chips on LINPACK. And, assuming they could dominate this category, they’d walk away happy. One of the telling factors is their HPCC score. HPCC is a set of seven HPC tests and includes LINPACK. The NUDT HPCC score wasn’t anything you’d write home to Mom about – or even send a text message, for that matter.

So it looks like Team NUDT went all-out on the independent LINPACK run (the one they submitted for the award) and called it good enough for SC12. But breaking through the 3 Teraflop/s barrier isn’t anything to sniff at, and they should be congratulated for hitting that mark. But I’d like to see them go all-out on all aspects of the competition – not just the drag race portion. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Ellison: Sparc M7 is Oracle's most important silicon EVER
'Acceleration engines' key to performance, security, Larry says
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Lenovo to finish $2.1bn IBM x86 server gobble in October
A lighter snack than expected – but what's a few $100m between friends, eh?
Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT
Gets back up again after half an hour though
Hey, what's a STORAGE company doing working on Internet-of-Cars?
Boo - it's not a terabyte car, it's just predictive maintenance and that
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.