At 200 petaflops, the US once again owns the world's fastest supercomputer

Shawn Knight

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The US will soon lay claim to ownership of the world’s fastest supercomputer, a title it was stripped of by China in 2013.

On Friday, the world’s fastest supercomputer – Summit – made its debut at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The monster machine packs a staggering 27,648 Volta Tensor Core GPUs and 9,216 CPUs into 5,600 square feet of cabinet space that’s similar in size to two tennis courts. It weighs nearly as much as a commercial jetliner and is connected by 185 miles of fiber optic cables.

Oh, and it’s fast. Very fast.

According to Nvidia, the machine can perform 200 quadrillion floating-point operations per second (FLOPS). By comparison, China’s Sunway TaihuLight – officially the world’s fastest supercomputer – has a benchmark rating of 93 petaflops.

The machine, built for the US Department of Energy, will assist scientists with research in the fields of materials discovery, high-energy physics, healthcare and more.

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang described Summit as the world’s largest AI supercomputer, a machine that learns. “Its software will write software, amazing software that no human can write.”

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

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“Its software will write software, amazing software that no human can write.”
...and no human can understand! This is where we start to lose control of computers...
All according to plan. AI will be be the scapegoat for all future failures of industry, government, finance - you name it. The goal is to embed AI so deeply into our electronic landscape that it be too complex or costly to get rid of it once everything is standardized around it. Oh, your car drove you into a ravine? "Must have been the traffic AI," says the car maker. "No, it was the car's AI," says the car maker - and by the time any verdict is reached a decade has gone by and the companies responsible no longer exist. The "intelligence" will be artificial but the crimes will be very real.


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What good? It can't keep our secrets out of Chinese and Russian hands. Quit this garbage and be more secure

Uncle Al

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So now one asks just how much use will this have? Oak Ridge can't get out of the way of it's own shadow half the time and struggles with ever flexing budgets the next. They can't even get the new Y12 project off the ground! Of course, I'm not considering they could be working up a new version of Doom too ........


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Department of Energy, LOL. Why don't they just tell the truth: NSA.

That computer will try to analyze data that people exchange and draw conclusions that are relevant for disrupting economies of other countries, extorting money and finding out what other military and economic powers are planning.

The only connection to Department of Energy is that it will take a lot of energy for powering and cooling this monster.
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