US's Frontier supercomputer becomes the fastest in the world
The 'Frontier' supercomputer in the United States has surpassed its closest competitor in Japan to become the world's fastest.
Frontier, based at the headquartered at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, is the first computer to reach the 'exascale' level of computation.
A system that can execute at least one quintillion operations per second — a billion billion calculations, or 1 followed by 18 zeroes – is referred to as exascale.
Frontier is now more than twice as powerful as Japan's Fugaku supercomputer, which was named the fastest supercomputer in the world in June 2020.
According to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Frontier will enable scientists to develop technology for the US's energy, economic, and national security needs, as well as address computing challenges that were previously impossible to answer.
THE TOP FIVE SUPERCOMPUTERS:1. Frontier (Tennessee, US)2. Fugaku (Kobe, Japan)3. LUMI (Kajaani, Finland)4. Summit (Tennessee, US)5. Sierra (California, US)Source: Top 500 list (June 2022 edition)
Frontier has risen to the top of the 59th TOP 500 ranking, thanks to its performance of 1.1 exaflops (1,100 petaflops).
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