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November 16, 2011

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center will use a combination of CPUs and Nvidia graphics technology for hybrid supercomputer that researchers hope will offer a huge performance using between 15% and 30% less energy than traditional architectures.

The supercomputer named Mont-Blanc, will use the Tegra 3 quad-core Nvidia, based on an ARM design, as well as Nvidia CUDA graphic units, to get between two to five times better energy efficiency.
The system, announced yesterday, will be shown during the SC11 conference, held between November 14 and 17.
Through the Mont-Blanc Project, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center researchers will develop high-performance architectures and exascale level applications can take advantage – offered by the energy efficiency technologies of mobile chips.
The Mont-Blanc Project, which also involves supercomputing centers in Germany, France and Italy, will use European OEM systems and Gnodal interconnect technology.
The project is the latest example of the efforts of ARM and its partners to bring technology to low-power mobile chip beyond its natural market, which are smartphones and tablets. HP recently announced its own initiative, Project Moonshot, to develop low-power server chips based on Calxeda, which also uses ARM designs.