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US Sets Plan To Build Two Exascale Supercomputers ( 59

dcblogs quotes a report from Computerworld: The U.S. believes it will be ready to seek vendor proposals to build two exascale supercomputers -- costing roughly $200 to $300 million each -- by 2019. The two systems will be built at the same time and be ready for use by 2023, although it's possible one of the systems could be ready a year earlier, according to U.S. Department of Energy officials. The U.S. will award the exascale contracts to vendors with two different architectures. But the scientists and vendors developing exascale systems do not yet know whether President-Elect Donald Trump's administration will change directions. The incoming administration is a wild card. Supercomputing wasn't a topic during the campaign, and Trump's dismissal of climate change as a hoax, in particular, has researchers nervous that science funding may suffer. At the annual supercomputing conference SC16 last week in Salt Lake City, a panel of government scientists outlined the exascale strategy developed by President Barack Obama's administration. When the session was opened to questions, the first two were about Trump. One attendee quipped that "pointed-head geeks are not going to be well appreciated."
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US Sets Plan To Build Two Exascale Supercomputers

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  • by Z80a ( 971949 ) on Monday November 21, 2016 @09:48PM (#53336261)

    Just tell him that they can use em to save his irish golf course and bob's your uncle.

  • by donaldm ( 919619 ) on Monday November 21, 2016 @09:53PM (#53336289)
    It's a fair guess that they will run Linux as the kernel on their supercomputers since Linux is on around 99.6% on all supercomputers in the world [] but it may be possible that other parties are lobbying behind the scenes.
  • They gonna have special software to prove global warming is a hoax? Or are the religious nutjobs too stupid to realize these will prove thy're religious nutjobs?
  • by hey! ( 33014 ) on Tuesday November 22, 2016 @01:00AM (#53337023) Homepage Journal

    Don't think of Trump's Mexico wall as 35 feet high and 1000 miles long. It's 240 RUs tall by 5.5 milllion rack widths long.

  • I know we are long past that, so what game now is the recorded holder for "most ridiculous hardware requirements to run on max settings" these days?

    Triple 4K monitors layout with Star Citizen/Battlefield 1? I've been so busy adult'ing this past decade I've not been keeping up.

    I just realized my core machine is nearly 7-8 years old and the last time I threw a new video card at it was one that was already 3-4 generations out of date and that was 4 years ago. :'( Time to start spec'ing out a new box.

    • Interesting question.But I personally did not play any of the new releases to make a suggestion (except the new Doom, but this one was too well done to be able to get into this "dispute").
    • by Pascoea ( 968200 )

      I've been so busy adult'ing this past decade I've not been keeping up.

      Yeah. That's a hell of a realization isn't it? I had the same one a couple years ago when my son asked me to help him build a computer.
      Son: "Dad, whats a good video card?"
      Me: "..."
      Son: "..."
      Me: "Hell idk, I haven't bought one in 5 years"
      Son: "... Thanks. I'll just Google it."
      Me: "You'll make a good IT guy."

      • Yeah that was basically the same thing that happened to me. My nephew wants a gaming rig and my sister was asking me about it. Didn't know what to tell her.
  • by sabt-pestnu ( 967671 ) on Tuesday November 22, 2016 @10:00AM (#53338497)

    Guardian and Colossus...

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I know nobody will read this but I'm going to vent anyways.

    We had an entire week devoted to the cutting edge of computing power,

    Not only has there only been one article (at least that I've seen) about it, this one only has small amount of comments.

    Now I realize the actual conference doesn't directly apply to most people because the scale and capabilities are things they can't even fathom. And I also know that many things are just incremental improvements and evolution.

    But com

  • How many backdoors does a US supercomputer built on Chinese hardware come with standard?

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