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Short Bytes: According to the Top500 November 2016 list, Nvidia DGX Saturn V is the world’s most energy-efficient supercomputer. It features 60,512 CPU cores, 63,488 GB of RAM and Nvidia Tesla P100 GPUs based on the Pascal architecture.

Nvidia DGX Saturn V is a pack of 125 DGX-1 machines which Nvidia touted in April as an “AI supercomputer in a box“. DGX Saturn V may not be the most powerful supercomputer out there but it definitely helps in cutting the electricity bills.

Top500’s November 2016 list, released last week, features DGX Saturn V as the most energy-efficient supercomputer. However, in terms of performance, it stands on the 28th position.

It houses 1,000 Nvidia’s Tesla P100 GPUs based on the Pascal architecture and delivers 9.46 gigaflops/watt. In June 2016 list, the most efficient device delivered 6.67 gigaflops/watt. That’s a 42 % improvement. DGX Saturn V runs using the 60,512 cores of the Intel Xeon E5-2698v4 20C @ 2.2Ghz. It features 63,488 GB of RAM and has Ubuntu 14.4 operating system.

Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer running at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, China has remained on the top position since the June 2016 list release. It runs using 10,649,600 cores of the Sunway SW26010 260C processor clocked at 1.45 GHz and has 1,310,720 GB of RAM.

TaihuLight is a machine funded by the government. On the other hand, Saturn V is a privately funded machine to stir waves in the supercomputing world.

Nvidia aims to use DGX Saturn V to propel its self-driving platform Nvidia Drive PX 2. It can also be used to accomplish medical breakthroughs, build new combustion engines. Such machines can fuel the AI development that has been visible in recent years. They can be an efficient solution for design and training of deep learning networks.

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