NVIDIA dominates Top 500 supercomputer list

Eight out of the top 10 supercomputers in the world are powered by NVIDIA technology. In fact, the GPU giant is at the heart of nearly 70 percent of the world’s top 500 fastest supercomputers, as revealed at the Supercomputing 2020 virtual conference.

NVIDIA’s Selene supercomputer, which is driven by the new NVIDIA DGX A100 640GB systems and NVIDIA Mellanox InfiniBand — is the fifth fastest.

On the accompanying Green 500 list of energy efficient systems, NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD took first place.

The trend is to use these mammoth machines for AI, such as in the fight against COVID-19. Three of the four of the nominees for a special Gordon Bell award focused tackling the pandemic rely on NVIDIA AI.

Using the third fastest supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Sierra supercomputer, a team trained an AI to be able to identify new drug candidates on 1.6 billion compounds in just 23 minutes.

On the second ranked Oak Ridge’s Summit supercomputer,, another team harnessed 27,612 NVIDIA GPUs to test 19,028 potential drug compounds on two key SARS-CoV-2 protein structures every second.

Another team used Summit to create an AI-driven workflow to model how the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, the main viral infection machinery, attacks the human ACE2 receptor.

The speed and power of supercomputers are contributing to advances in science and in these instances, helping the world to deal with a global pandemic.