Two sad years ago, China unveiled the world’s fastest supercomputer, knocking the US from the top spot. Rather than reclaiming cupercomputing glory, IBM was content to play Jeopardy! against humans with their supercomputers while Fujitsu bested the Chinese at the supercomputer game. Well, that’s over again. IBM has unveiled the world’s fastest supercomputer, Sequoia, at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. The United States is back on top!
“While Sequoia may be the fastest, the underlying computing capabilities it provides give us increased confidence in the nation’s nuclear deterrent,” said National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) administrator Thomas D’Agostino. ”Sequoia also represents continued American leadership in high performance computing.”
So just how fast is Sequoia? Well, Sequoia can do in one hour what it would take 6.7 billion people 320 years to do if they worked non-stop. Sequoia gives the United States 3 of the fastest 10 computers in the world; 5 of the top 10 supercomputers were built by IBM. Amazingly, Sequoia is more powerful and more energy efficient than its Fujitsu competitor, the Fujitsu K computer. Sequoia is an IBM Blue Gene/P computer.
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