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Summit- World’s Most Powerful Machine

The Summit at Oak Ridge National Laboratory stays the world’s fastest and most potent, based on the newest TOP500 rating.

Coming in second is Summit’s sibling, the Sierra supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

For the first time, all the 500 computer systems ranked process at more than 1 petaflop or higher than 1 quadrillion floating-point operations per second. Floating-point operations, a particular system of math, are utilized in scientific computer analysis and so are additionally a measure of computer efficiency.

“The Summit system slightly improved its HPL result from six months in the past, delivering a document 148.6 petaflops, whereas the number two Sierra system stays unchanged at 94.6 petaflops,” stated a TOP500 news launch. Summit ran 5.1 petaflops faster this time. IBM had constructed both summit and Sierra.

Three successive systems at Oak Ridge — Jaguar, Titan, and Summit — have been dubbed the world’s fastest since 2010. That is the third consecutive time Summit, which came online in June 2018, has ranked on the top. Within the final ranking, six months in the past, Sierra edged out TaihuLight for a second. For two years prior to June 2018, TaihuLight was in the first place.

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry declares next-generation Frontier supercomputer at ORNL on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, Brianna Paciorka, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee

On May 7, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry came to ORNL to announce Oak Ridge will get one of the world’s first three exascale computer systems, able to a quintillion calculations per second.

Frontier, as it will likely be referred to as, is expected to come online in 2021. Cray Inc. and Advanced Micro Devices will construct it; Cray also built Jaguar and Titan.

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