Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In For the past five years, China has had the world’s speediest computer. But as of Friday, Summit, a machine built in the United States, is taking the lead. Summit, the world’s fastest supercomputer, is made up of rows of black refrigerator-size units that weigh a total of 340 tons. Credit Shawn Poynter for The New York Times Supported by BySteve Lohr June 8, 2018 Not so fast, China. America just won back bragging rights in the global supercomputer race. For the past five years, China has had the world’s fastest computer, a striking symbolic achievement that highlighted the nation’s ambitions and progress in high tech. But the United States has regained the lead thanks to a new supercomputer built for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee by IBM in a partnership with Nvidia. The speedy performance of the machine, called Summit, was announced on Friday. “We’re seeing the U.S. back on top again,” said Jack Dongarra, a computer scientist at the University of Tennessee, who tracks supercomputer speeds and rankings. The Chinese government’s aggressive push to become the leader in technologies like artificial intelligence, microchips and cellular… Read full this story
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