US wants to build within a decade exascale computers




The US government has set a goal to build within ten years exaflops clusters. The goal is part of the National Strategic Computing intiative, that the US should provide leadership in supercomputing field.

The super computers must be able to be able to process huge amounts of data. “Over the next decade, the systems have datasets of more than one exabyte, 10 18 bytes, can process and analyze,” says the White House. According to the US government has to handle big data already “revolutionary impact” on the commercial and scientific sectors. The Government refers to claims made by NASA which exaflops computing enables full modeling turbulence in simulations possible, which is important for the design of aircraft.

Concrete financial commitments or other practical steps have not yet been laid down in the decision for the launching of the National Strategic Computing Initiative . It is preliminary to a “coordinated strategy” in the field of research, development and deployment. The systems will, inter alia, be used to simulate galaxies, weather, electricity networks and aircraft.

The most powerful supercomputer at present, the Tianhe-two of China’s National University of Defense Technology. The system delivers 33.86 petaflops measured by the Linpack benchmark. The US Department of Energy is currently building two systems each containing 100 petaflops be able to deliver if they are ready in 2017. Petaflops represents 10 15, or one quadrillion floating point operations per second; at exaflops is that 10 18 flops, or a billion billion.

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