The US again has the world's most powerful supercomputer

IBM Unveils Summit, the World's Fastest Supercomputer (For Now)

IBM Unveils Summit, the World's Fastest Supercomputer (For Now)

Each of these is composed of two 22-core IBM Power9 processors, as well as six NVIDIA Tesla V100 graphics processing unit accelerators interconnected with dual-rail Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand.

That 200-petaflop speed is roughly eight times as fast as the current top-rated USA supercomputer, built by Seattle-based Cray and known as Titan.

The Department of Energy is introducing a supercomputer that it believes is the world's fastest, which would put the United States at the head of the pack in a twice-a-year official ranking of the world's 500 fastest computers. 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.

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

The machine, built for the US Department of Energy, will assist scientists with research in the fields of materials discovery, high-energy physics, healthcare and more.

While Summit is the most powerful of the Department of Energy's supercomputers, it is not the only that is being developed. Summit is also about seven times faster than Titan, the previous U.S. record holder which is housed at the same Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee.

It is anticipated that USA would build a fully capable exasacle computing ecosystem for research by 2021, and Summit is a step towards that. "It's going to have a profound impact in energy research, scientific discovery, economic competitiveness, and national security".

For the past five years, China has had the world's fastest computer, a striking symbolic achievement that highlighted the nation's high-tech ambitions and progress. Behind Summit's power are 27,648 GPUs from Nvidia and 9,216 CPUs from IBM stitched together with 185 miles of fiber-optic cable.

For IBM it is a big step forward unveiled at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

The energy department officially controls the system and who gets to use it, Zacharia said, adding that scientific projects would be chosen from open submissions and eventually private companies would be able to pay to have special access.

In one of perspectives, you can guess how powerful the Summit is that, in just one hour, Summit can solve a problem that would take a desktop computer 30 years to solve. "It's about making people's lives better".

At Oak Ridge, the Summit will be useful for scientific research into subjects like investigating fusion energy, astrophysics and studying links between cancer and genes, among many other things. The most dramatic competition may be in the development of artificial intelligence, but much attention is also focused on Summit's application in health sciences.

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