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IBM is working with Nvidia on a new generation of supercomputers

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IBM is working with Nvidia on a new generation of supercomputers
The U.S. Department of Energy has allocated $325 million to IBM to create two supercomputers, which have already got their own names: Sierra and Summit. The systems will use IBM technologies, Nvidia processor gas pedals and network infrastructure from Mellanox.
One of the supercomputers will perform calculations on projects that are needed for power engineers, meteorologists, physicists, and other specialties. Sierra will do this work, and the system will be installed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The second supercomputer, Summit, will work for the military at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (California).
The systems will be identical. The peak performance of each of the supercomputers will be 100 petaflops, which automatically puts the systems at #1 Top500 Nvidia experts estimate that it would take 3 million high-powered laptops to assemble into a single system to achieve that kind of performance.
Additionally, the U.S. Department of Energy will allocate about $100 million to the FastForward2 project. The goal of the project is to create the next generation of supercomputers, which will be 20-40 times more efficient than current systems.
It is already known that in supercomputers will be installed processors from IBM’s Power family, and graphics gas pedals Volta from Nvidia. Connect the Power8 and Volta are planned through an interface Nvidia NVLink. This interface, according to experts, allows you to accelerate the transfer of data from 5 to 12 times. According to representatives of IBM, in this project, one of the progressive ideas – the placement of computing centers as close as possible to the data storage, to increase the performance of supercomputers.
The systems will also use flash storage systems rather than conventional hard drives to increase performance. As mentioned above, the third partner of the project is Mellanox, which supplies high performance networking equipment that supports the InfiniBand standard.

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