Published on April 3rd, 2019 | by Emergent Enterprise0
Intel Is Building the World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer
With the rise of emergent technologies, the need for processing power grows exponentially. The next step in supercomputing is a computer with power beyond comprehension as reported at Singularity Hub by Edd Gent. Companies like Intel are trying to satisfy the insatiable appetite for the fastest processing possible to drive tech like artificial intelligence. Not only will speed and strength be needed but also ways to distribute it efficiently on platform like the Internet of Things. Hold on tight. Your data is moving faster than ever!
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A supercomputer capable of a quintillion operations a second will go online in 2021 after the US government handed Intel and supercomputer manufacturer Cray a contract to build an exascale computer called Aurora. This machine is being built from the bottom up to run AI at unprecedented scales.
Today’s most powerful supercomputers measure their performance in petaflops—one petaflop is a quadrillion operations per second—but the US, China, and Japan are all racing to be the first to reach the next major milestone of an exaflop early next decade.
That will be a huge leap above current capabilities. The world’s current fastest supercomputer, called Summit, only came online last June, and clocked a top speed of 143.5 petaflops in November. Aurora would be looking for a 7x boost in just a few years.
The news didn’t exactly come out of left field, though. The project has been discussed for some time, but this can be seen as the equivalent of a ground breaking ceremony after the Department of Energy formally announced the plans. The new machine will cost $500 million and will be housed at the DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago.
The announcement also didn’t reveal too many details about how the feat would be achieved. In a press release Intel said the machine will be powered by a future generation of its Xeon processors, a future generation of its Optane memory chips, and its yet-to-be-released Xe GPUs. But the chipmaker is playing its cards close to its chest when it comes to the exact design and configuration of these future chips.