U.S. Department of Energy to Spend $425 Million on Supercomputers

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The US Government’s Department of Energy has announced it is to invest $425 million to build two supercomputers, which, when built, will be the fastest computers in the world. The ultimate aim is to research science projects, including nuclear weapons.

The two computers, named Summit and Sierra, will be installed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, respectively.

NVIDIA, IBM, and Mellanox have provided the components for use in the two computers. Summit will run at 150 petaflops, with Sierra operating at 100 petaflops. For comparison, the world’s current fastest supercomputer, the Chinese Tianhe-2, runs at 55 petaflops.

An extra $100 million will go to fund research into extreme-scale computing, under the project name FastFoward2.

Source: Reuters

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