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

By Shawn Knight · 25 replies
Jun 8, 2018
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  1. 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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  2. Gars

    Gars TS Booster Posts: 240

    Going for popcorn
  3. frostyshield

    frostyshield TS Booster Posts: 87   +89

    Fkin crypto miners!

    ... I had to xD
    Peter Farkas, regiq and BSim500 like this.
  4. Triathlon Guy

    Triathlon Guy TS Rookie

    “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...
    SirChocula and meric like this.
  5. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,670   +2,432

    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.
  6. petert

    petert TS Evangelist Posts: 359   +157

    Yeah baby ... shame that all those cpus are made in China ...
  7. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,810   +668

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

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,300   +3,706

    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 ........
  9. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,518   +1,516

    But can it play Crysis?
    Shotgunnner, Andromadus and EClyde like this.
  10. ltkAlpha

    ltkAlpha TS Rookie

    I would've thought that what those 9,216 CPUs are (IBM Power9) and the fact that IBM designed the whole thing would be worth mentioning
    TempleOrion, Burty117 and veLa like this.
  11. MrAndrewArnold

    MrAndrewArnold TS Rookie

    Bet Outlook will still hangup and crash.
    SirChocula and Andromadus like this.
  12. petert

    petert TS Evangelist Posts: 359   +157

    Chrome with 100 pornhub tabs open will fly ...
    Shotgunnner and EClyde like this.
  13. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 854   +301

    Definitely worth mentioning. I actually ended up reading a different article to get more perspective on these IBM CPUs.
    TempleOrion, Burty117 and ltkAlpha like this.
  14. Shadowboxer

    Shadowboxer TS Booster Posts: 174   +66

    I really really hoped we wouldnt get someone asking if it can run Crysis. Dam you Squid!
  15. -No G-Sync support.
    -No specs on overclocking
    -No 144Hz

    TempleOrion likes this.
  16. pencea

    pencea TS Maniac Posts: 167   +119

    Still no where near as fast, powerful, or as smart compared to Skynet.
  17. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Evangelist Posts: 569   +174

  18. nobodycares

    nobodycares TS Rookie

    Does it help bridging the gap of inequality?
    TempleOrion likes this.
  19. Fluffmeister

    Fluffmeister TS Enthusiast Posts: 32   +22

    I ask it, it said "nobody cares".
  20. netman

    netman TS Addict Posts: 289   +89

    It is just a matter of time till China come up with a larger, faster data center. I would give it 3 months!
    TempleOrion likes this.
  21. newcombcmb

    newcombcmb TS Rookie Posts: 16   +13

    But will it play Crysis...

    Yep.... Can it play Battlefield One???

    That is the question
  22. skinnybuttons

    skinnybuttons TS Member

    This speaks to me an on L1 cache level
  23. Abraka

    Abraka TS Addict Posts: 176   +54

    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.
    TempleOrion likes this.
  24. Lawrence Hughes

    Lawrence Hughes TS Rookie

    But it will crash at Mach 4, and leave a 50 meter wide crater.
  25. Lawrence Hughes

    Lawrence Hughes TS Rookie

    Singularity dead ahead.... sell all your stock in humans while you can.

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