Summit, the world’s most powerful supercomputer, built by IBM for the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has recently been unveiled in Tennessee. The United States has finally dethroned China after five years by building Summit, which is capable of operating at 200 petaflops that translates to 200 quadrillion calculations per second. In comparison, the previous record holder Sunway TaihuLight by China has a 93 petaflop capacity, as per reports.
Summit, the supercomputer is equipped with 4,608 servers, over 9,000 22-core IBM Power9 processors and more than 27,000 NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs. Summit has been already used for scientific calculations and upcoming projects that include analysing exploding stars and crunching health data.
Previously, it was Japan which used to surpass every country, when it came to inventing machines. However, Japan has lost its edge in many electronic fields amidst intensifying competition from South Korea and China, home to the world’s current best-performing machine. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will spend 19.5 billion yen ($173 million) on the previously unreported project, a budget breakdown shows, as part of a government policy to get back Japan’s mojo in the world of technology.
The Japanese engineers will be tasked for creating a machine which can make 130 quadrillion calculations per second – or 130 petaflops in scientific parlance. At this speed, Japan’s computer would be ahead of China’s Sunway Taihulight that boasts 93 petaflops. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for companies, bureaucrats, and the political class to work more closely together so Japan can win in robotics, batteries, renewable energy and other new and growing markets.