Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

U.S. once again boasts the world's fastest supercomputer

U.S. once again boasts the world's fastest supercomputer U.S. once again boasts the world's fastest supercomputer
Nellie Chapman | 11 June, 2018, 17:48

Although Summit has not yet officially been named as the world's fastest supercomputer, Top500.org's Jack Dongarra, a computer scientist at the University of Tennessee, is positive that Oak Ridge National Laboratory's supercomputer has it in the bag. That's eight times more powerful than Cray's Titan supercomputer and almost twice as fast as the peak speed for Chinese supercomputer Sunway TaihuLight. "That's more than 100 times faster than Titan, previously the fastest US supercomputer, completed just five years ago". Join us in Lisbon on December 4-6 to meet with fellow experts as we define the future of next-gen communications and how to make it profitable.

Jeff Nichols, ORNL associate laboratory director for computing and computational sciences announced that summit's AI optimized hardware "gives researchers an incredible platform for analyzing massive datasets and creating intelligent software to accelerate the pace of discovery".

The supercomputer has more than 10 petabytes of memory, the lab said.

The US has a new supercomputer and it is twice as fast as the current record holder in China. It was built by IBM Corp.at a cost of $200 million and will support research projects across a variety of fields ranging from medicine to astrophysics. During a Friday afternoon ceremony, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Summit can save 30 years worth of desktop data in one hour. Every time someone reaches the limits of contemporary computer technology, the results generated by those computers raise new questions that require computers many more times more powerful to provide the answers.

"Red Hat Enterprise Linux forms a common bridge at the operating system to effectively link all of Summit's resources together, making it easier for individual application stacks to take advantage of the specific resources that they need", Wright said. Also, the supercomputer can be used for climate modeling that can have a positive impact on the accuracy of weather forecasts. And if reports are to be believed, China, Japan and Europe are working on machines that will run even faster than the Summit.

"The creation of the Summit supercomputer shows the strength of American leadership in scientific innovation and technology development".

The Summit supercomputer has a staggering 9,216 core-22 IBM Power9 CPUs as its compute base.

The machine would also work on simulating new materials for superconductors that will allow computers to run more efficiently and at lower temperatures, and look at mitochondria in cells to develop early-warning tests for genetic diseases, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, Nvidia's vice president and general manager of accelerated computing Ian Buck said. Now with such computing skills, Oak Ridge comes in the lead again with Summit supercomputer.