The best supercomputers worldwide

Supercomputers of today are particularly intended to handle artificial intelligence workloads in South Africa. The upshot is that supercomputers are being utilised in several sectors, including weather forecasting, climate research, physical simulations, oil and gas exploration, and the study of human proteins and cellular systems, among other things.

It is common for the performance of a supercomputer to be measured in floating-point operations per second (FLOPS). Flops are a more exact unit of measurement in scientific computing than instructions per second. So if you want to learn more about this, keep reading here in Vula Telematix!

Fugaku

Fugaku’s theoretical peak performance is 537 petaFLOPs, making it the world’s fastest supercomputer. Furthermore, it is the first top-ranked supercomputer to make use of ARM processors. In addition, the HPCG benchmark demonstrates that Fugaku is a superior machine to any other supercomputer currently in operation. Since 2014, the project’s research and development, acquisitions, and application development have cost the government over $1 billion.

Summit

Summit is capable of producing 200 petaFLOPS at its maximum capacity. This is equivalent to 200 quadrillion floating-point operations per second. It is also the third most energy-efficient supercomputer in the world, thanks to its power efficiency of 14.66 gigaFLOPS/watt and 14.66 gigaFLOPS/watt. 

There are more than 9,200 IBM Power9 CPUs and over 27,600 NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs crammed within the Summit data centre’s 4,600+ servers, which take up a space equivalent to two basketball courts. The 185 kilometres of fibre optic cable that runs through the system can power more than 8,100 homes.

Sierra

Sierra provides six times the sustained performance and seven times the workload performance. This system makes use of two separate types of processor chips: IBM Power 9 mainframes and NVIDIA Volta graphics processing units. 

This computer was created specifically to evaluate nuclear weapons systems. For predictive applications, it is used in stockpile stewardship, a United States programme for evaluating and maintaining the reliability of nuclear weapons stockpiles.

Sunway TaihuLight

TaihuLight’s processing power is supplied by a custom-built SW26010 CPU, which has both computational and management processing cores. Because of its 260 processing cores, a single SW26010 is capable of delivering more than 3 teraFLOPS at peak performance 

Memory constraints in most applications may be significantly eased by incorporating a user-controlled cache into each computing processing unit. Scientists have been able to reproduce this using 10 trillion digital particles thanks to the usage of TaihuLight. 

Piz Daint

Xeon E5-26xx microprocessors from Intel and NVIDIA Tesla P100 graphics cards power the Piz Daint supercomputer. Piz Daint makes advantage of DataWarp’s ‘burst buffer mode’ to increase the bandwidth available from the storage device. Data input and output are accelerated, making it simpler to analyse vast volumes of unstructured data. 

Trinity

Trinity is intended to provide cutting-edge computer resources to the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Enterprise. It is necessary to develop a nuclear weapon simulation code to assure the safety, security, and efficacy of the nuclear stockpile in the future. 

The Intel Xeon Haswell CPU was integrated into the supercomputer, and subsequently, a considerable performance improvement was gained by including the Intel Xeon Phi Knights Landing Processor in the supercomputer during the second phase of development. With this supercomputer, it is feasible to achieve peak performance of more than 41 petaFLOPS in total.

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