US plans 100-200 petaflop system by 2017 and exaflop by 2024 and Japan plans exaflop 2020

The CORAL project, (Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne and Livermore) – formed so that they could combine forces when purchasing their next major supercomputing installations.

In the next 2-3 years, all three Department of Energy (DOE) centers will be seeking to deploy their first 100-plus petaflop systems. The collaboration enables the labs to combine experience and buying power. The three-way partnership includes about 100 experts, who will be participating in the acquisition process. The systems are expected to carry a hefty price tag of about $125 million, which will buy about 100-200 petaflops of computing power.

HPCWire reports, Congress passed a law directing the Department of Energy to develop exascale computing capability within the next decade in order to meet the objectives of the nuclear stockpile stewardship program.

DOE’s mission to push the frontiers of science and technology will require extreme-scale computing with machines that are 500 to 1,000 times more capable than today’s computers, albeit with a similar size and power footprint.

The DOE won’t be able to meet its goals using a business-as-usual evolutionary approach, Harrod noted as part of his Exascale Update, “rather it will require major novel advances in computing technology: exascale computing.”

Japan intends to deliver an exascale supercomputer in six years [before 2020]. The firm completion date makes Japan novel among the nations in the race to build exascale systems.

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