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Taiwan's new supercomputer available for use

2012/08/02 11:42:44

Taipei, Aug. 2 (CNA) The National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC) has launched a new supercomputer to help reduce the computation times required in various fields, a center official said Thursday.

Formosa 5, Taiwan's self-built cloud-computing system, has finished final testing and is ready for use, said Alpha Wang, manager of the planning and promotion division at the NCHC.

The main feature of the system is a graphic processing unit (GPU) cluster that allows it to carry out several simultaneous calculations quickly and accurately, she said.

The Formosa 5 CPU is currently the fastest in the country, 1.8 times the speed of another of Taiwan's well-known supercomputers, the Advanced Large-scale Parallel Supercluster, Wang noted.

With an optimal performance of 89 teraflops (trillion floating point operations per second), the system can be used in areas such as meteorology research and pharmaceutical development, the center said.

The center also expects animation companies to adopt the system, which it said will enhance the image quality of their productions.

However, the center noted that the system will give priority to local science research and commercial needs.

In June, Formosa 5 was ranked 232nd in the world on the TOP500 list announced at the International Supercomputing Conference in Germany.

It is not the first time that the center's Formosa series has made it into the world's top 500. In November 2011, Formosa 4 was ranked 234th on the TOP500 supercomputer list released at the SC11 Conference in Seattle.

(By James Lee)