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TechnologyThe U.S. Will Get the World's First Exascale Computer in 2021

08:10  21 march  2019
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Exascale computing refers to computing systems capable of at least one exaFLOPS, or a billion billion (i.e. a quintillion) calculations per second.

The US might currently have the world ' s most powerful supercomputer, but it isn't resting on its laurels. An international race is on to build exascale Japan hopes it will have an exascale supercomputer up and running in 2021 , while Europe is planning to have exascale "performance systems based on EU

The U.S. Will Get the World's First Exascale Computer in 2021© Argonne National Laboratory The most powerful computer, dozens of times faster than any other computer in the world, will be built just outside Chicago.

For the past several years, the world's power have been locked in a supercomputing arms race, one-upping one another with biggest and faster achievements. According to a new announcement, the world’s fastest supercomputer is coming to the United States in 2021 and will be the first to break the so-called "exascale" barrier.

Supercomputers measure their performance in flops, or calculations per second. A computer that has ten flops can make ten calculations in a second, which is pretty abysmal for a modern computer. Your laptop or desktop is likely capable of several teraflops, or trillions of calculations per second.

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To maintain its lead in supercomputing, the US has budgeted over 0 million to build the first " exascale " computer in the world in 2021 . The new system, dubbed Aurora, will be capable of completing at least one exaflop, or a billion billion calculations per second.

The US has disclosed its plan to build an exascale supercomputer, about seven times the speed The IBM supercomputer is currently ranked the fastest computing system in the world , a notch Also, the Sunway exascale computer is expected to be up and running in the second half of 2020 or the first

The top-performing supercomputer in the world right now is the Summit computer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. That computer reaches 150 petaflops, several thousand times as much processing power as a typical laptop. Several other top supercomputers reach a few dozen petaflops as well. But the big target in supercomputer construction right now is building the first exascale computer, capable of a quintillion calculations per second. Such a computer would be a million times faster than a typical desktop and could dramatically advance scientific and artificial intelligence research.

According to an announcement from the Department of Energy, that first exascale computer is finally coming. Thanks to $500 million from the DoE, a 1 exaflop computer named Aurora will be built at Argonne National Laboratory. The computer will be built using architecture and technology from Intel.

“Aurora and the next-generation of exascale supercomputers will apply [high performance computing] and AI technologies to areas such as cancer research, climate modeling, and veterans’ health treatments,” said Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in a press release. “The innovative advancements that will be made with exascale will have an incredibly significant impact on our society.”

The fastest computer in the world is being built in Tennessee and coming in 2021.
On the heels of the US government's announced in March that the first US exascale computer is being built just outside Chicago and coming in 2021, the US government announced today that it's also commissioned a manufacturer to build what would be the most powerful computer in the world that will also make its debut in 2021, keeping the US at the forefront of supercomputer supremacy. The company building the new supercomputer, named Frontier, is Cray Inc., which will use high-performance AMD EPYC CPU and Radeon Instinct GPU technology in the system, and it will boast a performance greater than 1.5 exaflops.

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