75th Anniversary of the ORNL Which Presented the World’s Top Supercomputer
OAK RIDGE, TENN. — June 14, 2018
The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory welcomed the public to its Lab Day on Saturday, marking the laboratory's 75th anniversary with exhibits, science talks, tours, music, and food.
The year 2018 marks 75 years since work began under the Manhattan Project to develop a nuclear weapon ahead of Nazi Germany. In the three-quarters of a century since, ORNL has grown and transformed into the nation's largest energy research laboratory for basic and applied research. The Lab has a rich history of science and discovery toward solving the toughest challenges of our time and contributes to the US keeping a leading position in the world of science for many years.
June 8th the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory unveiled Summit as the world’s most powerful and smartest scientific supercomputer, which means that America is back on top of supercomputers.
The new machine is capable, at peak performance, of 200 petaflops—200 million billion calculations a second. To put that in context, the most powerful computer of 2008, IBM Roadrunner, had a capacity of only one petaflop, 200 times less than the "Summit."
Summit is 60 percent faster than the current record holder, China’s Sunway TaihuLight and almost eight times as fast as a machine called Titan, which is also housed at Oak Ridge and held the US supercomputing speed record until Summit’s arrival.
But it isn’t just national pride that’s at stake here. Supercomputers are already being used in industry for everything from designing new aircraft to creating new materials. Now America is back on top again