Thursday, March 21, 2019

World's Fastest Super Computer

US Department of Energy's Aurora

Source:  Argonne National Lab 

One Billion-Billion Operations Per Second
At the US Department of Energy's  Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago,  the US' first exascale supercomputer will be built at a cost of $500 million.  It will perform one quintillion, or ten with 18 zeros, operations per second.  That's 50 times faster than today's most powerful supercomputers. Argonne is operated by the University of Chicago.  Aurora is scheduled to start operating in 2021.

Tremendous Possibilities
The potential uses of this new supercomputer are tremendous.  It's being built for next generation artificial intelligence and combines that with unprecedented processing power.  Argonne Director Paul Kearns says it will accelerate breakthrough medical treatments, human brain mapping, improve extreme weather forecasting and much more.  It's also a powerful tool for simulations (in the picture above) that models what's going on inside a diesel engine at the molecular level.

Energy Department officials are working with Intel and Cray on the development of the exascale computer.  They believe Aurora will give researchers unprecedented abilities to solve important and complex global scientific challenges.

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