What is Exascale Computing?
Intel will partner with Cray Computing to build the Aurora supercomputer for the US Department of Energy, which will be able to produce 1 quintillion (1018) computing operations per second.
The device is slated to be installed at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago in 2021. At the time of launch, Aurora should become the most powerful computer not only in the United States, but also in the world. According to Intel representatives, the achievement of power Exam will take supercomputers to a new level, which will accelerate the development of science and the life of citizens.
Contractors have not yet disclosed the specific technical specifications of the project, not even energy consumption. However, it is known that Aurora will use Intel Xeon processor, Optane DC memory, X compute architecture and ONE API..
In operation, the device will combine tremendous performance with artificial intelligence technologies to conduct medical research, climate modeling and study of socio-economic mechanisms..
Argonne Lab officials say more than $ 500 million will be spent researching ways to prevent suicide, improving methods for predicting global weather changes, finding more efficient materials for solar cells, and developing large-scale experimental space simulations..
However, the United States has a strong competitor in this direction. In China already in August, the prototype supercomputer of the new generation Sunway exascale began to work, but its full launch should take place only in the first half of 2021. Japan also participates in this race., therefore, only time will tell who will be the winner in this technological race.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Getty Images