Having worked in the High Performance Computing World, this announcement last week is exciting! While it takes a special kind of incredible mind to truly understand the impact this will make on many in the science and engineering and medical communities, it is easy to plow through the press release below and know from a laymen’s point of view that more powerful supercomputers will help make the world a better for us all.
And who knows, maybe the results of this newest supercomputer will be the way we figure out warp drive that will allow us to visit the new places in space we’ve recently discovered. (Aside: seems a bit coincidental, doesn’t it, that this announcement comes after a few new space discoveries have been made. Way to be a geek, President Obama!)
President Obama issued an Executive Order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) to ensure the United States continues leading in this field over the coming decades. This coordinated research, development, and deployment strategy will draw on the strengths of departments and agencies to move the Federal government into a position that sharpens, develops, and streamlines a wide range of new 21st century applications. It is designed to advance core technologies to solve difficult computational problems and foster increased use of the new capabilities in the public and private sectors.
HPC has historically focused on using numerical techniques to simulate a variety of complex natural and technological systems, such as galaxies, weather and climate, molecular interactions, electric power grids, and aircraft in flight. The largest of these machines are referred to as supercomputers. One measure of supercomputer performance is flops, or floating-point operations per second, indicating the number of arithmetic operations performed each second. Over the next decade the goal is to build supercomputers capable of one exaflop (1018 operations per second). It is also important to note that HPC in this context is not just about the speed of the computing device itself. As the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has concluded, high-performance computing “must now assume a broader meaning, encompassing not only flops, but also the ability, for example, to efficiently manipulate vast and rapidly increasing quantities of both numerical and non-numerical data.”
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Advancing U.S. Leadership in High-Performance Computing
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