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February 13, 2019


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Tom Simonite, Wired

Oak Ridge National Lab’s Summit supercomputer became the world’s most powerful in 2018, reclaiming that title from China for the first time in five years. The record-setting project involved the world’s most powerful supercomputer, Summit, at Oak Ridge National Lab. The machine captured that crown in June last year, reclaiming the title for the US after five years of China topping the list. As part of a climate research project, the giant computer booted up a machine-learning experiment that ran faster than any before. Summit, which occupies an area equivalent to two tennis courts, used more than 27,000 powerful graphics processors in the project. It tapped their power to train deep-learning algorithms, the technology driving AI’s frontier, chewing through the exercise at a rate of a billion billion operations per second, a pace known in supercomputing circles as an exaflop. Fittingly, the world’s most powerful computer’s AI workout was focused on one of the world’s largest problems: climate change.

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