The arms race in terms of computer power is not one that is set to cease and desist anytime soon. If anything, it does look as though the competition is going to get a whole lot fiercer down the road. What you see above is just for illustration purposes only, depicting a venue that houses an IBM supercomputer, and we have word from U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee that the Oak Ridge National Laboratory will most probably be the place where the world’s fastest supercomputer will “reside” at three years down the road.
Of course, it goes without saying that a whole lot can happen between now and then, as three years is a very, very long time when it comes to the advancements made in the world of computing. The upcoming supercomputer will be known as Summit (which would be extremely apt if it lives up to its billing by then), where it is said to deliver up to five times the performance of the existing system, which is called Titan, and Titan itself picked up the gong of being the world’s fastest computer in November two years ago.
If all goes to plan, this means the world’s fastest supercomputer mantle will be returned to the US, and it would be interesting to see what the other rivals would think – and do about the situation.
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