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Nvidia's K20 has 5GB of memory and delivers 1.17 teraflops of double-precision performance and 3.52 teraflops of single-precision performance. Double-precision performance is more important for supercomputing applications as it carries higher precision for floating-point calculations than single-precision calculations. The faster K20X has 6GB of memory and delivers 1.31 teraflops of double-precision performance. The K20X is three times faster than its predecessor, the Tesla M2090, which was released in the middle of last year.

The K20 products will be available in computers from companies such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Asus, Fujitsu, Tyan, Quanta Computer and Cray. Nvidia declined to provide pricing, saying the GPUs would be sold through server vendors.

AMD come with SM10000 with 1.48Tflops DP Peak

FirePro SM10000 delivered 1.48 teraflops of peak double-precision performance. The graphics card has 6GB of memory.

The SM10000 is designed for multiple server deployments, AMD said in a slide presentation. GPUs in servers are capable of deploying virtual desktops to client devices like PCs and tablets. The GPU can accelerate graphics on the server side for full high-definition virtual desktops on client devices.

The faster processing speed of SM10000 could also help deploy virtual machines at a faster rate in computing environments, AMD said. A single graphics card will be able to deploy many virtual machines, and AMD has worked with Citrix, VMware and Microsoft to boost virtualization performance on the GPU.

AMD is also targeting the FirePro SM10000 at workstations. The company did not immediately comment on questions related to single-precision performance and pricing for the graphics card.

Source-http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/441702/nvidia_amd_release_graphics_processors_supercomputing/
    
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SM10k is based off a single, fully enabled Tahiti XT die. You're looking at what GCN was made for.

Too bad that AMD is incapable of marketing their product. I do think that GK110's features (Hyper-Q and all that crap) make it a very appealing HPC product, but AMD should be able to be very competitive on the price front while still maintaining high margins. Hopefully they can land some key design wins...
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Tahiti's DP rate is 1/4 SP, no? That would mean ~6TFLOPs single precision on the SM10000.
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Tahiti's DP rate is 1/4 SP, no? That would mean ~6TFLOPs single precision on the SM10000.
On consumer cards, yes. GCN is capable of ½ rate FP64. So professional cards like this get to take advantage of the doubled throughput.
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Tahiti's DP rate is 1/4 SP, no? That would mean ~6TFLOPs single precision on the SM10000.
On consumer cards, yes. GCN is capable of ½ rate FP64. So professional cards like this get to take advantage of the doubled throughput.

Ah, that makes sense... thanks.
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