IBM and NVIDIA built the world’s most powerful supercomputer on behalf of the US government and specifically the Department of Energy. The computer’s name is Summit and is 60% faster than the previous record holder, a chinese supercomputer that was the most powerful for 5 years from 2013 till now.
Summit can run at 200 petaflops when operating at full capacity, which is more than twice that of the chinese Sunway TaihuLight running at 93 petaflops, while can perform 200 quadrillion calculations per second. In other words, Summit will be 1 million times faster than your usual PC, and it would take an average human around 63 billion years to perform what Summit does in the blink of an eye!
Summit has the size of 2 tennis courts, weighs 340 tones, while it has 4.608 servers, more than 9,000 22-core IBM Power9 processors and 27,000 NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs. Cooling the system requires 4,000 gallons of water per minute and the energy he uses could run 8,100 homes. Building this beast costed around $200 million.
Yet, the supercomputer was designed for artificial intelligence operations, and can use machine learning and deep learning to power research into health, physics and the environment.
Taking everything into consideration, Summit could analyze supernovas to find out how elements like gold moved through the universe. Also, researchers plan to look for relationships between cancer factors like genes and will use Summit's power to probe other disease markers, such as for Alzheimer, cancer and many more.