Government Spends Millions On Computers To Wrangle Big Data
The U.S. Department of Energy is commissioning some of computing's biggest names to create two supercomputers capable of handling Big Data demands.By Erik Shute | November 14, 2014
The initiative will birth Summit and Sierra, soon to be the world's fastest computers, by 2017. Summit will be an open resource for scientists and everyday testing, and Sierra will be used strictly for nuclear security at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
The super PCs will be able to process at speeds up to 300 and 100 petaflops respectively. A petaflop is the benchmark for how quickly a computer processes information. Each equals 1.026 quadrillion calculations per second. (Video via NVIDIA)