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11:50  08 may  2019
11:50  08 may  2019 Source:   bgr.com

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

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

For five years, China had the world ’s fastest computer , a symbolic achievement for a country trying to show that it is a tech powerhouse. But the United States retook the lead thanks to a machine, called Summit, built for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee . Summit’s speeds, announced on

While Summit may be the fastest supercomputer in the world , for now, it is expected to be passed by Frontier, a new supercomputer slated to be delivered to ORNL in 2021 with an expected peak performance of 1 exaflop, or 1,000 petaflops. Photography by Micah Singleton / The Verge.

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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.

This supercomputer will perform 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 operations per second

This supercomputer will perform 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 operations per second A government laboratory in Illinois will receive the fastest supercomputer in the United States in 2021, and it will be the first to hit what’s called exascale-level processing. The mammoth machine, called Aurora, will live at Argonne National Laboratory, and will be able to accomplish tasks like simulating complex systems, running artificial intelligence, and conducting materials-science research. So what's the point of a supercomputer? Experiments like crash-testing a car are expensive, complicated, and sometimes dangerous.

The machine, dubbed Frontier, will be built by chip designer AMD and supercomputer manufacturer Cray for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee . “This bodes well for AMD’s future as this is technology that should be in the mainstream market after 2021 ,” said Moorhead.

The computer will also be huge, space wise. Frontier is expected to occupy over 7,300 square feet of space, and will contain over 90 According to reports from The Verge, Aurora is likely to be the first exascale supercomputer in the US, but Frontier will be the fastest one when it’s completed in 2021 .

To get an idea of much computing power that represents, one exaflop involves being able to perform a quintillion operations per second.

The US Dept. of Energy in its announcement today hyped up the Frontier system as eventually being able to solve calculations up to 50 times faster than today’s supercomputers, with a goal of topping a quintillion calculations per second (a number that’s written as a 1 with 18 zeroes after it). The supercomputer would also “enable researchers to deliver breakthroughs in scientific discovery, energy assurance, economic competitiveness, and national security.

“As a second-generation AI system — following the world-leading Summit system deployed at (Oak Ridge National Lab) in 2018 — Frontier will provide new capabilities for deep learning, machine learning and data analytics for applications ranging from manufacturing to human health.”

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The "exascale" computing race is getting a new entrant called Frontier, a 0 million machine with Cray and AMD technology that could become the world 's fastest when it arrives at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2021 . Frontier should be able to perform 1.5 quintillion calculations per second, a level

A lab in Tennessee has reclaimed world speed and power title in computing . Summit, built by IBM, is the third computer at Oak Ridge to be ranked number one. In November 2009 and June 2010 the Jaguar system held the title, and Summit’s predecessor Titan Cray X was the world ’s fastest at its

The contract the government awarded to develop Frontier is valued at more than $600 million. Oak Ridge’s Center for Accelerated Application Readiness has begun accepting proposals from scientists to prepare their codes to run on Frontier, and US Energy Secretary Rick Perry promised in a statement as part of today’s announcement that Frontier’s “record-breaking performance” will help keep the US at the forefront of scientific innovation.

It will do so, “by giving American researchers world-class data and computing resources to ensure the next great inventions are made in the United States.”

Not to be a downer, but it should go without saying that China isn’t taking developments like this lying down. Not only will it reportedly have an exascale computer of its own a year earlier than the US, according to a Chinese news report, but it currently boasts a total of 227 supercomputers within the country, versus 109 in the US.

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