The Chinese-built Dawning 5000A, from the Shanghai Supercomputer Center, runs Windows HPC Server 2008, the successor of Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, and has managed to grab the number 10 spot on the 32nd edition of the world’s TOP500 supercomputers. Tested with the Linpack benchmark application, the Dawning 5000A delivered no less than 180.60 teraflops.
“The ego cluster is 1950 blades, each with 16 cores and 64 GB memory. 4xDDR IB and 1GB/s GigE networks. Every blade is based on a TYAN motherboard with 4 sockets and AMD Opteron 8347 HE (Barcelona b3) CPUs cadenced at 1.9 GHz (nope, not the fastest by any means). Dawning, AMD, and Mellanox,” revealed Tim Carroll, Microsoft product manager.