The words ’average’ and ’supercomputer’ don’t belong in the same sentence, but when you’re referring to the Fujitsu K against every other supercomputer in the world, average is an overstatement.

The ’K’, as it is colloquially known in geek-dom, is the Fujitsu supercomputer that is the fastest of its kind in the world. And by fast, we mean really fast.

How fast, exactly?

Well, consider that the ’K’ stands for the Japanese word “Kei,” which translates to 10 quadrillion, the goal for the number of calculations the supercomputer can perform - per second. While Fujitsu hasn’t reached its target speed yet, it’s reached 82% of its goal, capable of processing 8.2-quadrillion calculations per second. That’s more powerful than the capabilities of the next five supercomputers in the world. Combined.

The Fujitsu K is so powerful that even the second-place finisher, China’s Tianhe-1A, can only produce one-third the output of the Mighty K. The new list, which was only announced recently, makes the Fujitsu K the first Japanese-built supercomputer to sit at the head of the Top 500 supercomputer list.

But despite the success and recognition this supercomputer is receiving, Fujitsu is far from satisfied. After all, the target is 10 quadrillion calculations per second. So plans are currently underway to add 100,000 cores to the Fujitsu K’s growing number of cores that currently sits at 548,352. Insane is an understatement, dear friends. A damn understatement. More power for the most powerful. If we didn’t know any better, that’s a recipe for Armaggedon.


Source: New York Times

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