IBM, Intel, AMD, Cray, HPE and NVIDIA Have Been Awarded a Grant for Exaflop Supercomputer Development

The most effective supercomputer is launched in China today. The system, called Sunway TaihuLight, operates locally developed processors. The ultimate Sunway TaihuLight productivity is 125 petaflops. In 2020 China plans to generate the first system in the world with a capacity overcoming one exaflops. At present the USA stays behind, however American supercomputers’ energy performance is significantly higher.



The US Department of Energy has established a $258 million grant for cost effective exaflop supermachines construction. Six American companies (IBM, Intel, AMD, Cray, HPE and NVIDIA) won it. Now they are to create an architecture, able to consume 25–30 MW at one exaflop productiveness. Such a system’s deployment is to take place in 2021. Apart from funds committed, each member company of the Exascale Computing Project program will put up its own means, constituting around 40% of DOE’s funds. Thus, the project cost will increase to $430 mln. In return, developers …

New Gaming PC Chassis Versa G2 from Thermaltake

Thermaltake, a renowned Taiwanese PC hardware developer, has officially divulged the specifications of its new gaming chassis, codenamed Versa G2. The belonging to the gaming echelon is vindicated primarily by an eye-catching design. The casing is developed in mid-tower form factor, and is made of a durable steel (SGCC) and plastic. Its side plate contains an acrylic window with a few ventilation grids that showcase the internal layout of the chassis.



Thermaltake Versa G2 features 481x196x429 mm dimensions and is alloted for seven PCI/PCI Express expansion cards. It supports motherboard of ATX and micro-ATX standard and is notable by lower PSU localization. The internal spacing within the enclosure is sufficient for the installation of CPU cooler not more than 155 mm in height and of graphics card not more than 320 mm in length. The model is equipped with three external 5.25-inch drives and a single 3.5-inch drive, as well as with five internal 3.5-inch and a single 2.5-inch …

Gigabyte to Start Selling X99M-Gaming 5 Motherboard

Gigabyte Technology is about to come out with a new micro-ATX gaming motherboard. The X99M-Gaming 5 features a promising black-and-red design, an enforced VRM system, and a sophisticated cooling solution. It is powered by Intel X99 chipset compatible with Intel Core i7/Haswell-E processors for socket LGA 2011-3. Heat dissipation process is entrusted to aluminum heatspreaders, joined by a nickel-plated copper heat-pipe.



The motherboard comes equipped with Ultra Durable hardware base, including solid-state capacitors with a prolonged lifespan. Moreover, it boasts advanced tools against short circuit on USB and Ethernet ports as well as against heightened humidity. Memory subsystem is introduced by four DIMM slots for DDR4-2133 modules (up to 32 GB capacity). Expansion facilities are backed by three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (the possibility to create 2-way CrossFire and 2-way SLI configurations), and a single PCI Express x1 slot.


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