Saturday June 25, 2016

U.S. Getting 200-Petaflop Supercomputer By Early 2018

It was reported earlier that China has built the world’s fastest supercomputer at 124.5 petaflops, all with domestic processors. We won’t be outdone, howeverآ—IBM’s upcoming Summit system, which will be capable of 200 petaflops, will move us back up.

Sunway TaihuLight can reach a theoretical peak speed of 124.5 petaflops, and has achieved 93 petaflops on the Linpack benchmark, used by the Top500 to assess the performance of supercomputers. The latest ranking of the world's publicly disclosed supercomputers was released Monday at a supercomputing conference in Germany. The U.S. Dept. of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory is expecting an IBM system -- named Summit, capable of 200 petaflops -- in early 2018. (A petaflop equals one quadrillion floating point operations per second.) This system will use IBM Power9 and Nvidia Volta GPUs.