It’s shiny, fast and ultra-powerful. But it’s not the latest Alfa Romeo. A physics laboratory in Tennessee just
unveiled Summit, likely to be named the world’s speediest and smartest Super-Computer.
Perhaps most exciting for the U.S.? It’s faster than China’s.U.S. Is Again Home to World’s Speediest Super computer. For five years, China had the world’s fastest computer. Summit is 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.
The supercomputer which fills a server room the size of two tennis courts. It can spit out answers to 200 quadrillion calculations per second, or 200 petaflops, according to Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
according to an ORNL statement
“If every person on earth completed one calculation per second, it would take the world population 305 days to do what Summit can do in 1 second”.
Still stupefying? Here is another analogy. If a stadium built for 100,000 people was full, and everyone in it had a modern laptop, it would take 20 stadiums to match the computing firepower of Summit. Supercomputers like Summit, which cost $200 million in government money to build, can accelerate the development of technologies at the frontier of computing. Like artificial intelligence and the ability to handle vast amounts of data.
Supercomputers now perform tasks that include simulating nuclear tests, predicting climate trends, finding oil deposits and cracking encryption codes. Scientists say that further gains and fresh discoveries in fields like medicine, new materials and energy technology will rely on the approach that Summit embodies.
Summit’s placement as the “world’s fastest” isn’t exactly official yet. Because the Top 500 list for supercomputer rankings hasn’t been updated till now but according to the Times article, it should get the top slot when the list is updated later this month.