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Saturday, June 09, 2018

Behold Summit, a new supercomputer capable of making 200 million billion calculations per second. It marks the first time in five years that a machine from the United States has been ranked as the world's most powerful. The specs for this $200 million machine defy comprehension. Built by IBM and Nvidia for the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Summit is a 200 petaflop machine, meaning it can perform 20 quadrillion calculations per second. That's about a million times faster than a typical laptop computer. As the the New York Times put it, a human would require 63 billion years to do what Summit can do in a single second. Or as stated by MIT Technology Review, "everyone on Earth would have to do a calculation every second of every day for 305 days to crunch what the new machine can do in the blink of an eye."

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Hey, you know.... I bet it could even do Trump's taxes!

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-06-09 12:47 AM | Reply

Only $200 Million? I bet there are machines out there even more powerful than this one, but aren't public for the world to know about.

#2 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-06-09 02:22 AM | Reply

I built a pretty decent desktop workstation for running simulations using Markov chain Monte Carlo methods. For example, we ran simulations of the production of five crops in five US states at the county scale, which took about 6 months to complete (about 6 weeks to run, view results, tune distribution parameters, repeat). My machine out performed our servers, which are admittedly a bit dated. I would love to see what this machine can do!

#3 | Posted by horstngraben at 2018-06-09 03:00 AM | Reply

Tell me when it can write music or jokes. Til then humans are far superior.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2018-06-09 02:31 PM | Reply

Tell me when it can write music or jokes. Til then humans are far superior.

#4 | POSTED BY DANN

That's what humans think, but I wonder if the computers agree.

#5 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-06-09 08:59 PM | Reply

Beast? Did they name it billery?

#6 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2018-06-09 09:33 PM | Reply

Til then humans are far superior.

Humans cant decrypt encrypted content with the speed of a computer.

#7 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-06-09 09:49 PM | Reply

"Humans cant decrypt encrypted content with the speed of a computer.

POSTED BY GONOLES92 AT 2018-06-09 09:49 PM | REPLY"

No, they just built the computer. Show me a computer that can create a human that makes jokes and music, then we'll call it even.

#8 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2018-06-09 09:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Humans cant decrypt encrypted content with the speed of a computer.
POSTED BY GONOLES92 AT 2018-06-09 09:49 PM | REPLY"
No, they just built the computer. Show me a computer that can create a human that makes jokes and music, then we'll call it even.
#8 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2018-06-09 09:52 PM

I'm re-writing my response seeing you beat me to it.

The video link should have words SUMMIT uses to describe itself and I would appreciate if the music was also it's own invention. Visual editing based on several obvious parameters is another simple parsing of it's massive data structure. I want to experience it's first alleged concept of self as an correlative "artificial intelligence" and see it's handiwork, not that borderline offensively dumbed-down video.

That music is incredibly limp. SUMMIT is no Mocking3000.;]

I expected more interesting uses than diagrams for efficiency in manufacturing.

#9 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-06-09 10:14 PM | Reply

"Humans cant decrypt encrypted content with the speed of a computer."

Not can they encrypt it.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-06-09 10:24 PM | Reply

Can it tell us how to end GCC without killing people?

#11 | Posted by Tor at 2018-06-10 05:33 PM | Reply

Tell me when it can write music or jokes. Til then humans are far superior.

#4 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2018-06-09 02:31 PM |

Check.

Where do you want to build the new goalposts?

qz.com

#12 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-06-10 10:07 PM | Reply

A machine with this capacity can track your movements, spending, conversations, internet usage, and have this file on you on demand. Use cash, it can also track the serial numbers of those 20s you use to by that quarter. That is every individual in the country 10 times a second.

#13 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-06-11 07:04 AM | Reply

And still have capacity to run the IRS and NORAD.

#14 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-06-11 07:06 AM | Reply

A machine with this capacity can track your movements, spending, conversations, internet usage, and have this file on you on demand. Use cash, it can also track the serial numbers of those 20s you use to by that quarter. That is every individual in the country 10 times a second.

#13 | POSTED BY DOCNJO AT 2018-06-11 07:04 AM

No Doc, It still isn't big enough to do that.

#15 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-06-11 09:30 AM | Reply

#15 | Posted by hatter5183, 200, million billion divided by 340 million allows this machine to enter 2.2 million bites a second, per every person in this nation. Learn a little math. NORAD's computers are not that big, it is mostly a sensory network. The IRS computer is mostly algorithms and memory. Big memory, not much program.

#16 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-06-11 10:26 AM | Reply

OK, I'm not sure-is 200 million billion have 17 zeros or 16? 2X10 to the 17th power? In any case the low ball number is about 2000 times a second per person. Your HD television doesn't work that fast.

#17 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-06-11 10:49 AM | Reply

#15 | Posted by hatter5183, 200, million billion divided by 340 million allows this machine to enter 2.2 million bites a second, per every person in this nation. Learn a little math. NORAD's computers are not that big, it is mostly a sensory network. The IRS computer is mostly algorithms and memory. Big memory, not much program.

#16 | POSTED BY DOCNJO AT 2018-06-11 10:26 AM | REPLY

They are talking about speed, not memory. It can do 20 quadrillion CALCULATIONS per second. It still takes space to store information and a network to transport it. This is a big processor, not a storage vault. And no there is no giant storage warehouse capable of that yet. The biggest data vault that was a topic on DR a while back can hold about 6 seconds of American telephone traffic and then you haven't even touched email, internet, or cell traffic. If you tell someone they have to send a copy of all their traffic to the NSA that means they have to double their network capacity. physical capacity is the biggest cost component of a network. Any large company will do some data capture within their own network but it is very limiting because capturing traffic can quickly overwhelm the capabilities of even backbone class network gear. mirroring a single switch cuts not only that switches capacity in half but cuts the capacity of every device it passes through on the way to its destination by that amount of traffic. By definition you can capture at maximum half of the network throughput of the smallest device in the path.

#18 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-06-11 11:40 AM | Reply

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