Top of the list of the fastest and most powerful have been in the hands of China, but a new leader has arrived. The Summit is now the fastest and most powerful supercomputer. The Summit was unveiled this week and is the result of a partnership between IBM and ORNL, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory of the US Department of Energy.

The fastest supercomputer on the planet

Its computing power is so high that it can double the performance of the previous leader of the 500 most powerful supercomputers. According to IBM and ORNL, the Summit can perform 200 quadrillion calculations per second (200 followed by 15 zeros) or, using measures applied to supercomputers, 200 petaflops. According to its creators, all this computing power will be used to increase the power of artificial intelligence techniques that we begin to see in our daily lives.

Dream hardware in a super machine

In order to provide all this processing power, the Summit consists of 4608 servers, each with 2 IBM Power9 processors, each with 22 cores and 6 Nvidia Tesla V100 GPUs. In total, the system has 10 petabytes of memory. For its operation, the Summit uses 15 thousand litres of water per hour, for cooling. This whole system occupies an area equivalent to 2 tennis courts.

The US recovers top of supercomputer list

Although not yet official, the Summit will certainly be the new leader in the top 500 fastest supercomputers. This new structure also brings the US back to the top of scientific computing. Since 2012 this list was dominated by Chinese systems and other Asian countries. This is an area that is still growing and where many new machines are expected to emerge in the coming times, thus increasing the available computing capacity. So, what do you think about this? Simply share all your views and thoughts in the comment section below.