They say money makes the world go round, and in this case, DARPA has just put out a $25 million carrot for NVIDIA to bite on, where the latter is supposed to come up with high performance GPU computing systems that will address a so-called “crisis in computing”. Should everything be peachy in the end, the targeted 4 years required to complete the project will be able to result in a totally new generation of exascale supercomputers which are 1,000 times more powerful compared to today’s fastest supercomputers. Imagine 1,000 trillion calculations per second, and multiply that by another thousand – that’s what DARPA expects as the first working prototypes are released in 2018. Apart from NVIDIA, Intel, MIT and the Sandia National Laboratory are also recipients of the first grants in the quest for prototype exascale machines.
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