31 Jul '15, 4pm

Obama Orders Speedy Delivery of First Exascale Supercomputer

Obama Orders Speedy Delivery of First Exascale Supercomputer

Growth in the performance of ever-faster supercomputers has started tapering off even as experts look to the next big milestone: an exascale supercomputer capable of performing 1 million trillion floating-point operations per second (1 exaflops). Perhaps that’s why President Barack Obama signed a new executive order to coordinate U.S. efforts in pushing supercomputers beyond today’s limits on semiconductor technology. Obama’s July 29 order creates a National Strategic Computing Initiative aimed at coordinating the government’s strategy for developing and deploying high-performance computers. One huge strategic goal: “accelerating delivery of a capable exascale computing system that integrates hardware and software capability to deliver approximately 100 times the performance of current 10 petaflop systems across a range of applications representing government needs.” Count...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/computing/hardware/oba...

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