A computer built for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) by IBM has been announced as world’s fastest supercomputer, according to the Top 500 Supercomputer list. The NNSA computer, called Sequoia, is based on IBM’s Blue Gene/Q architecture and manages to reach 16.32 sustained petaflops— that’s 16.32 quadrillion floating point operations per second.
IBM offers a more human explanation of its performance, ‘”three billion people using a pocket calculator would have to perform one million operations per second to reach equivalent SuperMUC performance.”
The new supercomputer beats out the past winner, Japan’s Fujitsu-designed K computer, bringing the supercomputer back to America. [Source]Stay tuned with us for more breaking news. You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and check out our RSS for quick reference.