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The US is once again home to the world’s top supercomputer, with Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Frontier facility ranked No. 1 in the semiannual list of the world’s 500 most powerful systems. Japan’s Fugaku system had held the top spot for the past two years.
Beyond leading the list, the Frontier system was qualified as the first true exascale computing platform, capable of performing a billion billion operations per second (see overview, w/video). Among other applications, the massive computing power is expected to unlock new insights into complex systems ranging from climate to molecular-level medicine, urban modeling, and more. The computing power is also believed to be comparable to that of the human brain.
While the US holds five of the top 10 spots—including the world’s fastest company-owned system, housed at Nvidia—China accounts for more than a third of the top 500.