Supercomputing future blast as IBM set to deliver 200-petaflop supercomputer by early 2018

Moore’s law may have come to a full stop in the transistor technology but it doesnt seem to hold true in Supercomputers. In the latest release of the Top500 on Monday, the Chinese system, Sunway TaihuLight was announced as the fastest supercomputers on the planet, with a Linpack benchmark rating of 93 petaflops and a claimed peak of 124.5 petaflops. Now IBM is set to break this record by 100 petaflops to create world’s fastest supercomputer by 2018.

Now the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory in U.S. has announced that it is having a new IBM system, named Summit, delivered in early 2018 that will now be capable of 200 peak petaflops. That would make it virtually twice as quick as TaihuLight, if the declare proves true.

The Summit will make use of IBM Power9 and Nvidia Volta GPUs. Summit will deliver over 5 occasions the computational efficiency of Titan’s 18,688 nodes utilizing solely about 3,400 nodes. Each node will have “over half a terabyte” of coherent memory (HBM + DDR4), as well as 800GB of non-volatile RAM, serving as a burst buffer or extended memory.

The DOE, in a statement responding to the news Monday about China’s supercomputer, said U.S. supercomputing capabilities “have grown exponentially by a factor of 300,000” since 1993. “High-performance computing remains an integral priority for the DOE,” the statement said.

The DOE, which buys many of the supercomputers used by the U.S. government for scientific research, has two other major supercomputers planned for 2018.

One system, named Sierra, is a planned 150-petaflop IBM system that will be located at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, and is scheduled to be available for use by mid-2018. A third supercomputer, a Cray and Intel system called Aurora, is due by late 2018, at the Argonne National Laboratory.

The latest TOP500 announcement Monday caused a little bit of a commotion. TaihuLight is not only roughly 3 times quicker than China’s Tianhe-2, the prior champion, but also it does not make use of US-sourced elements in any respect for the primary time. It is powered by Sunway 260-core SW26010 processors, which might be roughly on par with Intel Xeon Phi, in addition to customized proprietary interconnect.