[Beowulf] Chinese Chip Wins Energy-Efficiency Crown

Christopher Bergström cbergstrom at pathscale.com
Wed May 4 03:39:45 PDT 2011

On Wed, May 4, 2011 at 5:33 PM, Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:
> http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/processors/chinese-chip-wins-energyefficiency-crown?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IeeeSpectrum+%28IEEE+Spectrum%29&utm_content=Bloglines
> Chinese Chip Wins Energy-Efficiency Crown
> Though slower than competitors, the energy-saving Godson-3B is destined
> for the next Chinese supercomputer
> By Joseph Calamia  /  May 2011
> The Dawning 6000 supercomputer, which Chinese researchers expect to unveil in
> the third quarter of 2011, will have something quite different under its
> hood. Unlike its forerunners, which employed American-born chips, this
> machine will harness the country's homegrown high-end processor, the
> Godson-3B. With a peak frequency of 1.05 gigahertz, the Godson is slower than
> its competitors' wares, at least one of which operates at more than 5 GHz,
> but the chip still turns heads with its record-breaking energy efficiency. It
> can execute 128 billion floating-point operations per second using just 40
> watts—double or more the performance per watt of competitors.


Wow.. they've brought SiCortex back to life...

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