The Hewlett Packard Enterprise has come up with a supercomputer that rivals the industry-leading players by a quite margin as it packs the capabilities of performing 2 quintillion calculations per second. The supercomputer is powered by an AMD chipset and will be production-ready by 2023 at an astounding price of $600 million and will be assembled at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory known as the El Capitan.
“We expect when it’s delivered to the laboratory in 2023, it will be the fastest supercomputer in the world,” Bill Goldstein, director of the Livermore lab, said Wednesday. He spoke at a press conference at HPE offices in San Jose, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, at which HPE, AMD, and LLNL announced their El Capitan ambitions along with design details.
In retrospect, the machine will have performing capabilities of 2 exaflops, or 2 quintillion calculations per second. To put that in perspective, that is fast enough in the sense that the entire population of the world working on a complex mathematical problem completing the said equation in 8 eights year time, is what the El Capitan can perform in one second.
The current fastest working supercomputer as quantified by the Top500 ranking puts IMB’s Summit Supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory located in Tennessee. The Oak Ridge supercomputer clocks its working at a 143 petaflops.
Supercomputers are often assembled and built for carrying out complex tasks and simulations which can often not be performed by lesser powered machines. In the case of El Capitan, the most usage will be utilized for running 3D simulations of nuclear explosions for the US Department of Energy that requires to monitor its aging stockpile of nuclear weapons. The simulations will determine whether the fleet of warheads hasn’t fizzled or pose extreme unexpected safety risks.
While the working real estate for El Capitan will be the space required for two tennis courts, it will also require power in the range of 30 megawatts -Which is the equivalent power required to run 12,000 commercial homes.