U.S. Lab's "Titan" Named World's Fastest Supercomputer
The technology that animates video games enables a leap in science, as the U.S. government deploys Titan, the most powerful “hybrid” supercomputer yet.
The announcement in Salt Lake City marks a return to the top of the the closely watched, semiannual TOP500 list for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Its previous supercomputer, Jaguar, led the world for a year before being overtaken in 2010 by a Chinese system, which later was supplanted by a machine in Japan. But another U.S. government machine, Sequoia, has topped the world since June. Titan's performance on the TOP500's benchmark test was 17.59 petaflops, about 17,590 trillion calculations each second, edging out Sequoia, with a speed of 16.33 petaflops. Watch a video about Titan here:
It would take 60,000 years for 1,000 people working at a rate of one calculation per