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Things To Know About The Summit Supercomputer
« on: July 23, 2018, 12:43:21 PM »
Oak Ridge National Laboratory unveiled Summit, the world’s smartest, most powerful supercomputer. Using almost 28,000 NVIDIA Volta Tensor Core GPUs, Summit pumps out 200 million billion floating point operations (200 exaFlOPS)  for high performance computing (HPC) applications and 3 billion billion (1018) operations per second (3 exaops) for AI applications. To put it into perspective, the universe is only half an exa seconds old.

This supercomputer is designed to tackle challenges that will drive new breakthroughs further than ever before with AI and HPC applications. Summit’s ability to combine HPC and AI techniques will give researchers the ability to automate, accelerate, and drive advancements in fields such as health, energy, and engineering. Summit runs 8 times faster than it’s previous supercomputer, Titan. It will transform AI discovery and help scientists and researchers continue racing forward with new innovations. Using techniques like machine learning and deep learning at a massive scale with Summit will boost many areas of our economy, including healthcare and energy production.

Here are some fun facts about the world’s most powerful supercomputer:
- Summit can perform 200 quadrillion floating-point operations per second (FLOPS). If every person on Earth completed 1 calculation per second, it would take 1 year to do what Summit can do in 1 second.
- Summit is connected by 185 miles of fiber optic cables, or the distance from Knoxville to Nashville, Tennessee.
- Summit’s file system can store 250 petabytes of data, or the equivalent of 74 years of high-definition video.
- At over 340 tons, Summit’s cabinets, file system, and overheard infrastructure weigh more than a large commercial aircraft!
- Occupying 5,600 square feet of floor space, Summit is the size of two tennis courts.
- In an early test, a genomics team solved a problem in 1 hour using Summit that would take 30 years on a regular PC.
“Today is a proud moment for our nation — not just for being first or building the biggest — but for having the courage of conviction to make big bets on our future.” - Jensen Huang

Resources:

Read the blog - Reaching the Summit: Accelerated Computing Powering World’s Fastest Supercomputer
27,648 of our V100 Tensor Core GPUs power Summit. Learn more about Volta GPU architecture
Visit the HPC Page and Download the Summit Infographic

Source: Forbes
-Dewan Mamun Raza
--Lecturer, CSE, DIU