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Will the IBM's Summit remain the top dog in supercomputing power?

In early June, IBM together with the Department of Energy launched Summit, the world's newest biggest supercomputer. It processes at a mind-numbing 200,000 trillion calculations per second.

Per TechCrunch:

Summit... features 4,608 compute servers with two 22-core IBM Power9 chips and six Nvidia Tesla V100 GPUs each. In total, the system also features over 10 petabytes of memory.

For now, Summit stands at the top (so to speak) of the TOP500 list. But international competition in the supercomputer realm is fierce. As GCN reported last year:

China’s dominance on the recent [top supercomputer] lists indicates it is investing heavily in high-performance computing as supercomputers become a vital tool for simulating everything from nuclear explosions to medicine.

Meanwhile, in early 2018, the EU announced it was joining the party. Engadget reported:

Buying and developing supercomputing technology is crazy expensive, with exascale machines expected to cost up to a half billion dollars. To buy and develop them, Europe will spend $486 million itself, with the balance of the $1.2 billion coming from member states. It plans to first acquire machines that can compete with current top supercomputers, then develop its own exascale machines by 2023.

It seems unlikely that another country (e.g. China) will break Summit's record in the next few months. But it also seems inevitable that Summit will eventually be dethroned.

Will Summit continue to hold the top spot on the upcoming November Top500 list? (the official list comparing the world's supercomputers)


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