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The Race to Build the World’s Greatest Supercomputer

Sarah Laskow, Atlas Obscura, The Race to Build the World’s Greatest Supercomputer, here.

Right now, Tianhe-2 uses 17.8 MW to reach speeds of 33.86 petaflops. While the U.S. government wants to beat that speed—creating an exaflop computer by 2023—the aim is to do it using much, much less power, within 20 megawatts. That means an exascale system will have to be an order of magnitude more efficient than current technology.

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