The Titan Supercomputer
In Greek mythology, the Titans were a primeval race of powerful deities, descendants of Gaia (Earth) and Uranus (Heaven), that ruled during the legendary Golden Age.
They were immortal beings of incredible strength and stamina and were also the first pantheon of Greco-Roman gods and goddesses.
In the first generation of twelve Titans, the males were Oceanus, Hyperion, Coeus, Cronus, Crius and Iapetus and the females – the Titanesses – were Mnemosyne, Tethys, Theia, Phoebe, Rhea and Themis.
Cronus was the leader and the youngest of the first generation of Titans.
He overthrew his father and ruled during the mythological Golden Age, until he was overthrown by his own son, Zeus and imprisoned in Tartarus.
Cronus was usually depicted with a sickle or scythe, which was also the instrument he used to castrate and depose Uranus, his father. In Athens, on the twelfth day of the Attic month of Hekatombaion, a festival called Kronia was held in honour of Cronus to celebrate the harvest, suggesting that, as a result of his association with the virtuous Golden Age, Cronus continued to preside as a patron of harvest. Cronus was also identified in classical antiquity with the Roman deity Saturn.
One of the topics that we will be covering is the ‘Saturn death cult‘ that according to Troy D. McLachlan developed a twisted interpretation of the Saturn golden age mythology. The cult manifested itself in culture, embedded in the Abrahamic religions, the educational and legal systems and other social structures and secret societies.
The Titan Supercomputer was developed by Cray Inc and is located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and became operational in October 2012.
Prepare to geek-out as here are the tech specs and projects that Titan will be processing:
Titan will be the first major supercomputing system to utilize a hybrid architecture, or one that utilizes both conventional 16-core AMD Opteron CPUs and NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU Accelerators.
Titan will have a theoretical peak performance of more than 20 petaflops, or more than 20,000 trillion calculations per second.
By pairing the CPUs and the GPU accelerators and maximizing the efficiency of applications to exploit their strengths, Titan will lead the way on the road to the exascale.
The six initial projects to use Titan include S3D, a project that models fine grain physics surrounding combustion aiming to improve the efficiency of diesel and biofuel engines.
In 2009, they produced the first fully resolved simulation of autoigniting hydrocarbon flames relevant to the efficiency of direct injection diesel engines using Jaguar.
The WL-LSMS project simulates the interactions between electrons and atoms in magnetic materials at temperatures other than absolute zero. An earlier version of the code was the first to perform at greater than one petaFLOPS on Jaguar.
Denovo simulates nuclear reactions with the aim of improving the efficiency and reducing the waste of nuclear reactors. Large-scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator (LAMMPS) is a molecular dynamics code that simulates particles across a range of scales from atomic to relativistic to improve materials science with potential improvements to semi-conductors, biomolecules and polymers.
CAM-SE is a combination of two codes: Community Atmosphere Model, a global atmosphere model, and High Order Method Modeling Environment, a code that solves fluid and thermodynamic equations. CAM-SE will allow greater accuracy in climate simulations.
Non-Equilibrium Radiation Diffusion (NRDF) plots non-charged particles through supernovae with potential applications in laser fusion, fluid dynamics, medical imaging, nuclear reactors, energy storage and combustion.
The NVIDIA, Microsoft and Google+ logos resonate with the happening on Saturn. The spiral, cross in a circle and letter G all symbolize whirlpool vortexes. The black cube is a symbol of Saturn. Saturn is associated with Satan and the letter G, spirals and whirlpool vortexes symbolize God.
With thanks to synchromysticismforum.com for the insights. We are still trying to establish what the multi-coloured surface of black cubes signifies and will update the post when the data becomes available.