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ORNL has 200 PFLOPS Supercomputer, Taking Performance Lead from China

Category: Science & Technology
Posted: 08:07AM

With the launch of the Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the United States of America has reclaimed the lead in supercomputing from China. This new system has a peak performance of 200 petaflops (200,000,000,000,000 floating point operations per second or FLOPS), which is eight times that of Titan, the nation's current top-ranked system. Both of these systems are at ORNL, which has a history of achievement with supercomputers. In 1988 it was ORNL scientists that achieved the first gigaflop calculations, then the first teraflop calculations in 1998, the first petaflops calculations in 2008, and now it will be involved with the first exascale scientific calculation, or exaops thanks to Summit.

Summit will be running some projects this year as ORNL and IBM go through the acceptance process for it. Ultimately its computing power will be used to research in energy, advanced materials, AI, and other domains.

Source: US Department of Energy

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