IBM Supercomputer in America Becomes World's Fastest
IBM's Sequoia has taken the top spot on the list of the world's fastest supercomputers for the US. The newly installed system trumped Japan's K Computer made by Fujitsu which fell to second place. It is the first time the US can claim pole position since it was beaten by China two years ago. IBM's Sequoia has a 16.32 sustained petaflop rating and is installed at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The Supercomputer is based on a 96-rack IBM Blue Gene/Q system that has 98,304 compute nodes, ~1.6 million cores and 1.6 petabytes of memory. When in use it consumes 7.9 megawatts of power!
The computer is capable of calculating in one hour what otherwise would take 6.7 billion people using hand calculators 320 years to complete if they worked non-stop. Sequoia is 1.55 times faster than the Fujitsu model, and uses over 1.5 million processors.
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