The world’s next most powerful supercomputer will be unveiling next year. The powerful supercomputer is being built in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee, United States.
The supercomputer with 200 peteFLOPS of performance power is in its completion stage and immediately after completion. The Summit supercomputer will commence usage in solving some of science biggest questions.
What is a FLOP?
Computer scientists measure supercomputer’s performance in FLOPS, an acronym for FLoating Point Operations per Second. Currently, the world’s fastest and most powerful supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight was built and own by the Chinese. It’s performance power is capable of 93 petaFLOPS.
Summit is able to achieve a 200 petaFLOPS, thanks to its GPU-accelerated computing. It potentially outperforms the Sunway TaihuLight, for it uses a central processing unit like regular computers do. While the Sunway TaihuLight uses Chinese-designed 64-bit RISC processors and communicate via a network on a chip, instead of having a traditional cache hierarchy.
What benefits could Summit Supercomputer bring?
It’ll be use in the testing and developing of stronger, lighter manufacturing materials; the use of sound waves to model the inside of the Earth. It will also enable discoveries in many areas of science, such as Aerospace engineering, astrophysics, biology, climate modeling and national security. These all have applications with extreme computing requirements.
Summit is the next leap in leadership-class computing systems for open science. With Summit supercomputer, Scientist will be able to address, with greater complexity and higher fidelity, questions concerning who we are, our place on earth, and in our universe. And Upon completion, Summit will allow researchers in all fields of science unprecedented access to solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
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