Oak Ridge launches the world’s fastest computer

Frontier can perform over a quintillion calculations per second…that’s a 1 followed by 18 zeros

The deployment of Frontier adds to ORNL’s nearly 20-year tradition of supercomputing excellence alongside predecessors Jaguar, Titan and Summit – each the world’s fastest computer in its day.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WDEF) — The world’s fastest supercomputer is currently spinning in East Tennessee.

On Wednesday, Ock Ridge National Laboratory celebrated the debut of Frontier.

Federal officials as well as Congressman Chuck Fleischmann were present at the event today.

They call the beginnings of Frontier the dawn of the era of exascale computing.

So how fast is it?

Frontier can perform over a quintillion calculations per second, making it the fastest in the world and the first to achieve “exascale”.

Energy Undersecretary David Turk said, “A search that could have taken weeks before, Frontier will rip it apart in hours, if not seconds.

“Oak Ridge has positioned the United States to lead the world in solving massive scientific challenges at every level.”

The supercomputer will tackle all kinds of scientific problems.

General Electric hopes this will help them revolutionize the future of flight with hydrogen propulsion and hybrid electric technologies.

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