Meet Summit, world's most powerful supercomputer built by the US

  • Meet Summit, world's most powerful supercomputer built by the US

Meet Summit, world's most powerful supercomputer built by the US

Not so fast, China.

Even more important, having access to such computing power has real global consequences, which is why there is constant competition to make bigger and better supercomputers in China, Taiwan, Japan, India, the United States, and Europe.

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the new 200 Petaflop Summit supercomputer that was unveiled this week at ORNL.

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The US is set to regain the crown for world's fastest computer - for the first time since 2012 - with the unveiling of the Summit supercomputer.

Although the brag has come to be acknowledged as merely symbolic, the location of the world's fastest supercomputer has always been a topic of national pride among a certain kind of politically-motivated tech nerd, as well as a jumping-off point for dark predictions of machine hegemony through the use or abuse of artificial intelligence and surveillance-based data gathering.

The United States has retaken first place in a major metric of technological heft - the world's fastest supercomputer is once again American. The giant crunches something around 200 quadrillion mathematical calculations per second.

For some applications, Summit could reach into the exascale realm - that is, quintillions of computer operations per second, or exaops. It is led by Jack Dongarra, a computer scientist at the University of Tennessee.

Although Summit now takes the top spot in the world in terms of speed, there are always people developing the next better, faster machine.

At the official unveiling on Friday, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Tennesse governor Bill Haslam and Oak Ridge director Thomas Zacharia talked about how both science and society will benefit from the new supercomputer. "Summit is a magnificent scientific instrument that will attract the world's great scientists.Summit is a milestone in a global race". "That's where the future lies".

Top500, the organization that ranks the 400 most powerful supercomputers in the world, is set to update its rankings later this month.

There's a lot more to Summit than simply snatching back a record China's held for five years. That machine is at China's National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi.

Summit consists of multiple rows of large black boxes housed in a 9,250 square-foot space and weighing in at some 340 tons overall.

It uses 185 miles worth of fiber optic cables, enough to span the distance between NY and Baltimore.

In order to cool this super computer, 4, 000 gallons of water a minute is used.

While impressive, Summit can be seen as a placeholder. That makes it a million times faster than your typical laptop. China has been the frontrunner for the last two years.

America's leadership in science, high-power computing, to be precise, has been in question for the past few years.