IBM, NVDIA, Oak Ridge Labs and the Summit of Supercomputing

Supercomputers and other top-end high performance computing (HPC) installations have long defined and delivered the bleeding edge of compute performance. However, the underlying systems in those projects often reflect and portend broader changes in the commercial IT marketplace.

That was certainly the case during the steady move away from the proprietary technologies and highly customized systems that once ruled toward servers leveraging Intel and AMD x86 CPUs and other Industry Standard components. As a result of those changes, and HPC have become increasingly affordable and available for mainstream use cases.

A similar fundamental shift is relevant to the new Summit installation revealed this week by the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) Oak Ridge Laboratory and which now qualifies as the world’s leading supercomputer. Let’s take a closer look at that announcement.

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NOTE: This column was originally published in the .

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