Sequoia, an IBM Blue Gene/Q system, is the fastest computer in the world. It runs at 16 petaflops. A petaflop is a quadrillion floating point operations per second, and IBM said the computer could provide a 40-fold improvement in the prediction of earthquakes to help yield safe evacuation routes.
Sequoia is housed at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).“While Sequoia may be the fastest, the underlying computing capabilities it provides give us increased confidence in the nation’s nuclear deterrent as the weapons stockpile changes under treaty agreements, a critical part of President Obama’s nuclear security agenda. Sequoia also represents continued American leadership in high performance computing, key to the technology innovation that drives high-quality jobs and economic prosperity,” said NNSA administrator Thomas D’Agostino.
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