Alexander: World’s Fastest Computer “Once Again Will Be at Oak Ridge”

Posted on November 14, 2014

Says Oak Ridge National Lab will have the world’s fastest next-generation supercomputer that will support national economic and security innovation

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“Once again the world’s fastest computer will be in the United States, and once again it will be at Oak Ridge. Supercomputing has helped Tennessee become a center for advanced manufacturing with the arrival of new companies, including several in the auto industry, creating thousands of good-paying jobs. Tennessee can continue to thrive and create many more good jobs with the use of this new supercomputer.” –Lamar Alexander 

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2014 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), speaking at a press conference with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, today announced that Oak Ridge National Laboratory will have the world’s fastest next-generation supercomputer that will provide five times the performance of the current system and support advanced scientific and materials research to improve economic and national security.

“Once again the world’s fastest computer will be in the United States, and once again it will be at Oak Ridge,” said Alexander. “Supercomputing has helped Tennessee become a center for advanced manufacturing with the arrival of new companies, including several in the auto industry, creating thousands of good-paying jobs. Tennessee can continue to thrive and create many more good jobs with the use of this new supercomputer.”

Alexander continued, “Supercomputing is essential to U.S. competitiveness in science and technology, and I’m proud our national lab in Tennessee is helping advance scientific research to improve America’s economic and national security.”

Supercomputing supports a wide range of scientific research and development and addresses the most challenging science problems for government, academia, and industry. This new advanced supercomputer is expected to create a better understanding of materials research, energy storage, and nuclear power.

Alexander has consistently supported efforts to strengthen the United States’ supercomputing capabilities, including cosponsoring the authorization of the first leadership class facility at Oak Ridge for high-end supercomputing. Alexander is the lead sponsor of legislation that would authorize funding for these computers through 2016. Alexander also visited Japan in 2004 to view their supercomputers and learn more about the technology.

At today’s press conference, Secretary Moniz told reporters that Alexander “has been a great champion for science… and a big part of that is support for the national labs system. And he remains a great champion and a great friend for what we are trying to accomplish.”

Today’s announcement is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility and IBM to bring the next-generation hybrid supercomputer, which will be called Summit, to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Summit will provide five times the performance of the current system, known as Titan, which was recognized as the world’s fastest supercomputer in November 2012. Summit will be delivered in 2017.  

 

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