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US Back in Game, Launches World’ Fastest Supercomputer

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Published on : Jun 12, 2018

Summit - the new supercomputer from US is two times more powerful than the world’s current leader. The processing speed of the new machine is 200,000 trillion calculations per second or 200 petaflops. This is considerably more than Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer of China - world’s current most powerful machine with a processing speed of 93 petaflops.

Summit will be initially used for astrophysics, systems biology, and cancer research. Developed in partnership with NVidia and IBM, the new supercomputer is placed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Summit Tested to Run Code at the time of Making

Supercomputers are typically large, expensive machines that contain tens of thousands of processors designed to perform specialized calculation-intensive tasks. The new supercomputer Summit contains 4,608 compute servers with more than 10 petabytes of memory.

At the launch of Summit on June 8, ORNL director stated that the supercomputer was used to run a comparative genomics code during its making. While the machine was being built, coders would get on the machine and got it running. The analogy can be with driving a race while putting the tyres on.

As per the chart of the world’s top supercomputers published in 2017, the US owned 143 whereas China owned 202 of the top 500 supercomputers. Titan – the previous fastest supercomputer owned by the U.S. ranked fifth. The new supercomputer from America showcases that it is back in the game with a bang.

Looking at the processing capacity, Summit is so powerful that it can calculate data saved on a desktop for 30 years in one hour.