The next creation of the Eastern technology superpower will be the most powerful computer ever to bring us closer to the Exa era
In the middle of the year, we got one of the biggest revolutions in the computing world, which you apparently did not hear about: The Chinese have managed to dominate the top ranking of international supercomputers, Not only with a computer originating in China (which happened a few years ago, in fact) - but by a monstrous computer, also powered by chips developed in China itself, for the first time ever.
The system was named Sunway TaihuLight and was launched in June at the center Supercomputers A government located in the city of Wuxi, with 40,960 SW26010 sample processing units that include 260 processing cores (!) Each in RISC architecture, more than 10.5 million cores in total, which together provided peak performance of 93PetaFLOPS - or 93 quadrillion calculations.
Beyond the fact that this number tripled the previous record that belonged to the Chinese Tianhe-2 computer, which was based on the massive Xeon processors of Intel, It has been an amazing display of the capabilities they have developed and gained in the Chinese when it comes to developing processing units independently - and it is not surprising to find that some countries are dreaming to prove that they have the ability to defeat this fresh and unexpected competition.
So who is the top candidate to take the TaihuLight from first place? Japan, it seems. The National Agency for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has announced plans to build Super Computer New at the University of Tokyo, which will aim to not only be the most efficient supercomputer in the world by far - but also the most powerful, with peak performance of about 130PetaFLOPS, or roughly 1.4 than those of contemporary Chinese Xi'an.
The futuristic computer will receive the unusual name AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (ABCI) and aims to provide computational learning and high capabilities for artificial intelligence applications for organizations and researchers from across Japan as a cloud platform for remote access to pay, with the stated aim of reducing the control of companies American like Google, NVIDA and Amazon in this area. Its estimated cost is about $ 173 million, and it will be ready for use in the second half of 2017 - although it is currently in the tender phase, with no known companies to launch and build it yet.
Due to the early stage, it is not yet known what specific hardware will allow ABCI to reach its insane capabilities - but the quest for peak performance and peak efficiency of about 22GigaFLOPS per watt of invested energy seems to significantly reduce potential candidates. Tesla P100 sample acceleration units NVIDIA, Which is already operating the most efficient supercomputer on the planet, sounds like a natural match in this case, combined with general processing units from the new Intel Xeon or IBM Power8 / Power9, which offer support for the new NVLink technology of NVIDIA.
However, it is worth noting that ABCI's control of the world of supercomputer will be for a limited time only - the United States Department of Energy has already announced preparations for building Super Computer Called Aurora, which will aim for even more incredible records of 180PetaFLOPS, and will probably come out sometime early in the year 2018, so there is no doubt that this race for victory over the Chinese just warms up.