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The US is clearly embarrassed the Chinese Sunway TiahuLight system is leading the supercomputer arms race. Now the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has announced that 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 almost twice as fast as TaihuLight. The Summit will be based around IBM Power9 and Nvidia Volta GPUs. Summit use only about 3,400 nodes. Each node will have “over half a terabyte” of coherent memory (HBM + DDR4), plus 800GB of non-volatile RAM that serves as a burst buffer or extended memory.

IBM are not the only ones worried about the Chinese getting ahead on speed. Cray announced this week its Cray XC systems are now available with the latest Intel Xeon Phi (Knights Landing) processors.

The company said the new XC systems, which feature an adaptive design that supports multiple processor and storage technologies in the same architecture, deliver a 100 per cent performance boost over prior generations. Cray also unveiled the Sonexion 3000 Lustre storage system, which can deliver speeds of almost 100GB/sec in a single rack. These should be rather good at number crunching too.
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Eat that, China.
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Appart from figuring in the guiness world record book, what are those computers actually used for ?

Solving divisions by zero ?
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Appart from figuring in the guiness world record book, what are those computers actually used for ?

Solving divisions by zero ?

They run an entire world simulation to help determine if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it really make a sound? (hint: yes)
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They run an entire world simulation to help determine if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it really make a sound? (hint: yes)

Actually the answer is yes and no (Shrodinger's cat).

And they do a lot of things, whole-world chain of event analysis, fluid dynamics, protein synthesis, etc.
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It's all being done to develop an algorithm to solve tic-tac-toe.
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Appart from figuring in the guiness world record book, what are those computers actually used for ?

Solving divisions by zero ?

All kidding aside, that is pretty close to what they actually do. Higher end mathematics are all about approximations, the closer you can get your approximations to reality, the better you can do... stuff.

Calculating the trajectory of a satellite or mars mission, trying to accurately model the weather, searching through the earths crust for deposits of many different materials based on some input information. High end, highly accurate physics research and validation..

Essentially anything you think you would need to use calculus to solve, or has a high number of variable actors which makes calculation complex would use these systems.
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Appart from figuring in the guiness world record book, what are those computers actually used for ?

Solving divisions by zero ?

All kidding aside, that is pretty close to what they actually do. Higher end mathematics are all about approximations, the closer you can get your approximations to reality, the better you can do... stuff.

Calculating the trajectory of a satellite or mars mission, trying to accurately model the weather taking a 50/50 chance on the weather forecast, searching through the earths crust for deposits of many different materials based on some input information. High end, highly accurate physics research and validation..

Essentially anything you think you would need to use calculus to solve, or has a high number of variable actors which makes calculation complex would use these systems.



fixed.

They're used to boost the matching abilities on eHarmony and Match, don't forget OurTime...drum.gif
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these supercomputers are used to create the greatest sims game there is and they wont share it with us common people!
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fixed.

They're used to boost the matching abilities on eHarmony and Match, don't forget OurTime...drum.gif


My guess, probably used by the NSA to sort the privacy invasion data on us.. hahahaha... biggrin.gif
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