Fastest Supercomputer on Earth Now at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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For several years now, Chinese supercomputers have been the fastest in the world. The list of the fastest supercomputers, at Top500.org, had been showing the U.S. falling behind. Recently the Oak RIdge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee announced that the new, IBM-built “Summit” supercomputer is capable of 200 petaflops. By comparison, a modern, fast desktop PC is in the teraflop class, making Summit about 200,000 times faster. ORNL’s release noted that uses for the machine include: “machine learning and deep learning to problems in human health, high-energy physics, [and] materials discovery. Summit allows [the Dept. of Energy] DOE and ORNL to respond to the White House Artificial Intelligence for America initiative.”

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Fastest Supercomputer on Earth Now at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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  1. Old UNIX Guy

    John,

    Been following this story … the specs on this machine are amazing. One thing that’s not getting mentioned (much) is the storage system. A 250 petabyte GPFS filesystem that is capable of 2.5 terabytes / second (no, that’s not a typo) of I/O!

    Old UNIX Guy

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