Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) got another vote of confidence in the power of its 64-bit Opteron processor this week when China's Dawning Information Industry took the wraps off an Opteron-based supercomputer, capable of handling more than 10 trillion floating operations per second (TFLOPS).
Alongside the Red Storm supercomputer being built by Cray for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Sandia National Laboratories, Dawning's 4000A supercomputer is one of the largest and most powerful Opteron-based supercomputers to be announced thus far.
It packs more than 2,000 Opteron processors, with a total of 2TB of RAM and 30TB of hard-disk space. With a maximum performance level of 10 TFLOPS, the Dawning 4000A easily ranks among the 100 most powerful computers in the world. It can run either Linux or Microsoft's Windows operating system, according Li Yongming, a spokesman for Dawning.