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Green Machine: AMD FirePro Scores Top Efficiency Award at SC14

Traditionally supercomputing clusters were energy hogs. But with advancements in power efficiency for new generations of CPUs and GPUs, this isn’t exactly the case anymore.

At the recent SC14 high-performance computing symposium and conference New Orleans, an AMD (NYSE: AMD)-powered supercomputing cluster earned the top spot on the Green 500 List — the ranking of the world’s most energy efficient supercomputers.

The AMD FirePro S9150-powered L-CSC cluster, installed at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH research facility in Darmstadt, Germany, took home the top award. The GSI L-CSC cluster has600 AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs coming in at 5.27 GFLOPS per watt. It’s able to deliver 20% better efficiency than the top ranked cluster on the same list from June 2014.

“Our goal in Computing and Graphics at AMD is to deliver world-class products to our customers every time,” said John Byrne, senior vice president and general manager, computing and graphics business group, AMD, in a statement. “As proven with the Green500 List ranking, our AMD FirePro lineup of professional graphics solutions delivers on this goal time and again – absolute performance leadership with outstanding energy efficiency that enables incredible solutions like the GSI L-CSC cluster.”

In addition to claiming the first place Green500 List, the specific AMD Opteron server CPU achieved the number two spot on the latest TOP500 List, a ranking of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.