A Japanese supercomputer is now the world's fastest, unseating the previous record-holder by nearly a factor of four. The K Computer, based at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) in Kobe, can perform 8 petaflops — that's 8 quadrillion calculations per second.
The next-best computer is China's Tianhe-1A , which set a record at 2.6 petaflops last fall. The U.S.-based Jaguar computer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is now in third place with 1.75 petaflops.
K Computer topped the newest TOP500 List of the world's fastest supercomputers, announced Monday at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg.
K Computer, built by Fujitsu and entirely made in Japan, has 672 racks equipped with a current total of 68,544 SPARC64 VIIIfx CPUs, each with eight cores. It will eventually have 800 racks and will be capable of performing 10 petaflops, according to a news release from RIKEN. RIKEN and Fujitsu plan to have the computer fully operational by November 2012.
At least two American 10-petaflop machines are set to come online next year — IBM is building Mira, based at Argonne National Laboratory, and Blue Waters, based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is getting a 20-petaflop IBM model called Sequoia.
K computer will be used for global climate research, meteorology, disaster prevention, and medicine, according to RIKEN.
"unseating the previous record-holder by nearly a factor of 4"
2.6 Petaflops * 3 = 7.8 PetaFlops
2.6 Petaflops * 4 = 10.4 Petaflops
8-7.8 = error of .2 petaflops
8-10.4= error of 2.4 petaflops.
in what universe is 307.7% close to 400% ?
"nearly" = 92% away?
I could continue, but the point is made. Cut the sensationalist crap. It is THREE times as fast, not four, which is still impressive. Don't cheapen it like this. This is supposed to be a science website.
And no, its not a typo. The person looked at 2.6 and 8, truncated the .6 (20% of the number) and then said "factor of four". Aparentally extra computing power beyond a conveinient integer doesn't count for anything.
Hahahaha USA is left behind. Hahaha.
Put all those unemployed back to work to build an exa-computer.
Design some brain-computer interface and align 10,000,000 unemployed networked and hooked up and use their cheap brain power to solve some problems.
If you can just harness the idle brain power of the lazy!
indeed; the unemployed are just lazy...lol
i think the problem is that there are more workers than work. just saying. also we don't have a perfect system by far, generally the top 1% decide who will represent the other 99. hopefully the masses can find financing for school to improve ourselves and then maybe we'd care what happened to us :D
10 PRINT "HELLO"
20 GOTO 10
I would be interested in see a super computer death list, listing all the supercomputers taking off line and for what reason? What is the lifespan of a supercomputer these days?
f#ck off highermorals, piece of crap extremist troll
I was thinking the same thing. Also, what is the actual cost of these things?
@drchuck1 stupid retarded american citizen
@I4Future you too
This is a great place to question and support evidence regarding advancements in technology, not spew explicative criticism.
You've failed to mention the new Cray XK6 hybrid supercomputer. The utilization of GPU parallel processing will allow for a peak performance of 50 petaflops.
A great example of moore's law in action:
computing power doubles every 18 months
Imagine 10 years from now:
a 1.3 exaflop computer.
or even better, 50 years from now:
a 171 yottaflop computer (171x10^24 computations per second)
And we think *this* is awesome... just wait.
The only thing higher about you is your fat cell count.
You bloated titty sucking ass pirate wich country are you from exactly? One where the government oppresses freedom for centuries and you bend over and take it in the poop shoot? Are we playing "my country can beat up your country"? Or are you busy playing dollies in mum's attic?
Oh, and it's not so much about how the power as it is what it's used for.
How about..."super computer discovers cure for cancer" for a headline?
Or something like that. What would the rest of the popsci fans come up with, what would you like to see that much computer power do?
At what point will we see computers with this type of processing power being able to "think" and carry on a normal conversation? Or is this largely dependent on software and not hardware? Also, how long would it take the Cray mentioned by Mirage to cracke a 64 bit code?
who let this third world bloody diarrhea victim (highermorals)get internet access.
that's where we are heading. I'm sure these super computers will soon be able to solves problems that us humans cant or simply don't care for. like cancer,war,famine,power,hate etc.
bring on skynet to teach us a lesson in human morals. maybe that will change us for good.
im not sure a bit (1,0) based computer will ever have the power to "think" on its own, as this would require the computer to re-write its own programming.
And @eregorn8 , have you ever heard of dichlorate? there have been studies done in Canada which this compound has drastically reduced the size of tumors in rats in a matter of weeks. This is not a cure but merely an effective treatment of the problem, I suggest you check it out. www.dca.med.ualberta.ca/Home/Updates/2007-03-15_Update.cfm
and for all of the immature people who want to start fights between countries, dont start making bad comments about Canada, not that i live there, but its just stupid.
love canada, don't live there
wow now china would be able to breake into lockheed-martin and other us instalations without a problem.
it would be now much easyer for the chieese to steal others technology as they like to do.
@highermorals yea i too am interested about where you are from
@highermorals us is not perfect but atleast it is free and present what is freedom in our world. on the opposite stands the dark regime and the super power of opression china, opresing its own people.
You American citizens need higher morals not me. Your crime rate per capita is way more than my nation.
I do have fast Internet connection ( fiber ).
Not taking criticism is a main trait of Americans and I doubt your values.
okay guys come on, why the need to fight? Everyone is getting way to defensive about their stupid countries when the world really needs to become 100% united under one government which is created by the leaders of every country. also we should switch our languages from arbitrary words to mathematics, that would be cool.
"The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking ... the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker." -Albert Einstein
If you're going to pick "highermorals" as your name, the first thing you say in a comments block shouldn't be a derogatory remark which is followed or proceeded by "hahaha". I'm sure you wouldn't laugh at the countries in Africa for not having enough food to feed their starving people.
There are many scales that can be used to judge which country is *better*. You can judge it based on happiness level, culture, crime rate, availability of certain products or services, etc... This is an individual's decision to make. If you feel your country is better, you are right. But only right for yourself. This is 100% opinion and not something we'll agree on so it's pointless to try.
Violent crime, homicide and property crime rates have been on a steady and significant decline in America since 1990. Cut by about 1/3 on all 3 counts. At this point in time, the US's crime rate is well below the average and the median values vs the rest of the world.
The US has engineered some of the greatest technologies of our time. We had the first automobile, laser, computer, internet, etc... Though there was global competition, we got the gold on first sustained plane flight and were first to put a man on the moon. Of course, if you take all of our achievements out of the picture and judge laziness solely only on unemployment rates... America still isn't lazy. The US is far below the average and medians values for unemployment rates than those of other countries.
I don't list this fact check as a means to call you out. I think you spoke solely out of patriotism for your country. For that, I don't fault you. I just didn't want someone to get a biased view of the US. The only thing I fault you on is making derogatory remarks about a huge population of people and appearing to be heartless concerning the millions of people - who were laid off due to a slowing economy and outsourcing - that are not just unemployed, but who *really* want to work. In short, just think before you speak.
That said, I'm not going to reply to this thread any more. I can't stand when comments are spammed by unrelated remarks. If I hadn't felt like someone needed to say something, my comment would have simply been:
This is awesome! I love a good competition and what it does for society as a whole.
There is another way to speed up supercomputer computations. Einstein showed that there is a Lorentz velocity transformation whereby time is dilated and length compressed.
But there is also another called dimensional relativity. The dimensional relativity between space and hyperspace is about 200,000 to 1. If a calculation takes 200,000 seconds to perform, then the result can be brought back into this dimension in one second.
Thus we could easily avoid Moore's Law and move into 2^80 flops.
@highermorals, where are you from let all the Americans on this thread criticize your nation and see how u like it
Hahahaha! They'll be hard pressed to keep it fed with energy now. Or maybe they could divert some of the radioactive water from their nuclear plants to cool it.
@Mirage Is that true? The next one will be 50 Petaflops? Hey PS, looks like Mirage found your next story:
Also, could you delete the flame-war? Seriously, it's annoying having to wade through that to read the real comments.