US Builds 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)

Official, Linpack benchmarks have not yet been disclosed for Summit, but its 200-plus petaflop peak, touted by ORNL, "will surely be enough to outrun the 93-petaflop Linpack mark of the current TOP500 champ, China's Sunway TaihuLight", Top500.org says.

It's blink of an eye delivery makes it eight times faster than the China's Sunway TaihuLight, which was ranked number one in top 500 list in the fastest supercomputer in the world.

For some applications, Summit could reach into the exascale realm - that is, quintillions of computer operations per second, or exaops.

US lawmakers who are anxious about the amount that China is spending on AI and quantum computing, will see the supercomputer as move towards technological supremacy, especially as Beijing has vowed to strengthen its defense ties with Russian Federation as a foil to American military might.

The US government is reportedly already talking to manufacturers about developing several exaflop supercomputers, and energy secretary Rick Perry said yesterday that they want to deliver the first by 2021.

NVIDIA Tesla V100

Summit is composed of an IBM AC922 system featuring 4,608 compute servers and six NVIDIA Tesla V100 graphics processing unit accelerators with 10 petabytes of memory. These opportunities that Summit will bring align with the White House Artificial Intelligence for America initiative announced last month. That means researchers will be able to get more accurate results faster. "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".

Supercomputers have myriad uses, many of which are essential to national security and the general welfare of the public. Supercomputers that are five times faster - 1,000 petaflops, or an exaflop - are in the works.

"IBM designed a whole new heterogeneous architecture for Summit that integrates the robust data analysis of powerful IBM POWER9 CPUs with the deep learning capabilities of GPUs", writes Dr. John E. Kelly from IBM. It likewise boasts a potential to handle computing workloads to research advanced materials and energy. 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.

It is reported by MIT Technology Review.

The PC maker and the agency today unveiled Summit, which is the newest supercomputer from the DoE. "Summit enables us to explore much more complex models in a time efficient way so we can identify the ones that are most effective".


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