Nvidia has announced its brand new Volta-powered AI supercomputer called SaturnV. Accoring to the green company, the SaturnV will be one of the world’s most powerful supercomputer when it becomes available. In addition, Nvidia has also mentioned that its new supercomputer will also be more energy efficient compared to its competitors.
When it comes to specifications, the Nvidia SaturnV AI supercomputer contains 660 DGX-1 server nodes. Each of these server nodes are equipped with eight Volta-based Tesla V100 GPUs (you can read more about this GPU here). All of these basically means that the SaturnV AI supercomputer features a total of 5,280 GPUs, which is rather impressive.
In terms of raw horsepower, the Nvidia SaturnV AI supercomputer is capable of churning up to 660 PetaFLOPS of FP16 (half precision floating-point) performance and up to 40 PetaFLOPS of FP64 (double precision floating-point) performance. In comparison, a “normal” graphics card like the GTX 1080 has a compute performance of merely 9 TFLOPS (1 PetaFLOPS = 1,000 TFLOPS).
Of course, as you may have already expected, a supercomputer at this scale wouldn’t exactly be used in areas of multimedia and game development. The Nvidia SaturnV is aimed more towards companies engaging in fields of artificial intelligence, cloud computing and other areas that require insane amounts of compute power for complex calculations.
(Source: Tom’s Hardware)