Visiting Tsubame 2.0

Rich is in Japan this week, shown here feeling small against the backdrop of Tsubame 2.0, the petascale GPU-based supercomputer at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. The cost-performance ratio—and the associated engineering design needed to get there—is impressive. Interestingly, every undergrad at Tokyo Tech gets an account on the system, which is a big step toward democratizing HPC. Many thanks to Prof. Satoshi Matsuokafor taking the time out of his hectic schedule to offer a tour. (On a Japanese holiday, no less!)

Rich @ Tsubame 2.0

Rich @ Tsubame 2.0 at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Photo courtesy of Prof. Satoshi Matusoka, Tsubame’s lead architect.

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