Striking A Balance Between Performance And Efficiency

Given environmental concerns, supercomputers shouldn’t just be fast—they have to be efficient too. Here’s how supercomputing is moving towards a greener future.

AsianScientist (Apr. 5, 2021) – In the electrifying world of supercomputers, with great power comes great…energy consumption. While behemoths like China’s Sunway TaihuLight and Tianhe-2 rank highly on the TOP500, their power comes at a hefty price: energy.

With the rising threat of climate change and a growing focus on sustainability, researchers are looking for innovative ways to achieve groundbreaking speeds without compromising the planet. Though this may seem like a tall order, Japan’s Fugaku proves that it’s possible. Despite being the world’s fastest supercomputer, Fugaku is tenth on the latest Green500 listing—making it also one of the world’s most energy-efficient systems.

In the infographic below, find out more about the delicate balance between performance and power consumption that supercomputers must straddle and new technologies for energy-efficient computing on the horizon.

This infographic was first published in the January 2021 print version of Supercomputing Asia.
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