The Intel, in partnership with Cray Computing and US Energy Secretary, will build the first supercomputer in the world able to make calculations on the exa-scale. That means the system will be able to hold a quintile of beads per second. The announcement was made by Rick Perry, secretary of energy of the American country:
“Achieving scans is imperative not only to improve the scientific community but also to improve the lives of all Americans. Aurora and the next generation of supercomputers at exa-scale will apply high-performance computing and AI technologies in areas such as cancer research, climate modeling, and health care for veterans.“
As Perry says, the new supercomputer is called Aurora and some of its uses include contributing to research in health care, such as cancer research, as well as in environmental areas such as weather forecasts. But the uses will be very varied and go well beyond that, even going through the help of suicide prevention, through the analysis of risk factors.
The project expects to invest more than $ 500 million and companies have not yet gone into detail on the hardware components that Aurora will build. It is known that the system will use Xeon processors and Optane memories, proprietary technologies of Intel. The Cray Computing people will come with their Shasta supercomputing system.
The race to have the first supercomputer capable of exa-scale, however, will not be quiet. Intel intends to deliver the Aurora in 2021, but any delay may leave the company behind Japan, for example, which also plans to have a computer of this kind until 2021 and Europe, which plans to open its business between 2022 and 2023.
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