All is set for the unveiling of the world’s next most powerful supercomputer by next year. The powerful supercomputer is being housed and built in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee, United States.
The supercomputer is named “SUMMIT” and it is very powerful and capable of 200 petaFLOPS after completion. It’s designed to be a replacement to Titan the current fastest supercomputer in the 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 owned by the Chinese. Its 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 as regular computers do. Unlike the Sunway TaihuLight which uses Chinese-designed 64-bit RISC processors and communicates via a network on a chip, instead of having a traditional cache hierarchy.
What benefits could Summit Supercomputer bring?
It’ll be used 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 supercomputer is the next leap in leadership-class computing systems for open science. With Summit potentials, 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. Furthermore, 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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