The fastest supercomputers in the world today solve problems at the petascale—that is a quadrillion (1015) calculations each second.
While these petascale systems are quite powerful, the next milestone in computing achievement is the exascale—a higher level of performance in computing that will have profound impacts on everyday life.
At a quintillion (1018) calculations each second, exascale supercomputers will more realistically simulate the processes involved in precision medicine, regional climate, additive manufacturing, the conversion of plants to biofuels, the relationship between energy and water use, the unseen physics in materials discovery and design, the fundamental forces of the universe, and much more.
Exascale: the Engine of Discovery
Exascale computing will have a profound impact on everyday life in the coming decades. At 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 operations per second, exascale supercomputers will be able to quickly analyze massive volumes of data and more realistically simulate the complex processes and relationships behind many of the fundamental forces of the universe.
This will have practical applications in everything from precision medicine to regional climate, water use to materials science, nuclear physics to national security. Exascale computing has the potential to drive discoveries across the spectrum of scientific fields—and to improve both our understanding of the world and how we live in it.
Learn more about the promise of Exascale and the collaborative efforts of government, academia and industry to lead the way into this new era of computing.
The insideHPC blog reports that a team of computational scientists from Lawrence Berkeley and Oak Ridge national laboratories, and engineers from NVIDIA has demonstrated an exascale-class deep learning application that has for the first time broken the exaop barrier.
The HPC industry blog insideHPC features a video from the recent HPC User Forum meeting in Detroit. The focus of the post is a presentation by John Turner of Oak Ridge National Laboratory about ECP's ExaAM project and its endeavors to transform additive manufacturing through exascale simulation.
ECP's AMReX Co-Design Center makes available a state-of-the-art AMR infrastructure with the functionality that five ECP application projects and other AMR applications use to be able to effectively take advantage of current and future architectures.