(ORDO NEWS) — The recently launched Frontier supercomputer was positioned as the world’s first exascale computing machine. But experts at the New Scientist portal have suggested that there may be several exascale supercomputers in the world that the general public does not know about.
The fact is that not all owners of the most productive supercomputers in the world are interested in their machines being included in the list of the fastest computers. As noted by analyst Jack Dongarra, only those machines that run the benchmark are included in the list.
There are companies or government agencies that are not interested in this. What’s more, the list doesn’t even include some purely academic supercomputers, such as Blue Waters (owned by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).
It is believed that in China since last year there are at least two exascale machines – Tianhe-3 and OceanLight, but for some reason their owners do not advertise this fact.
The record power of Chinese machines is hinted at by scientific descriptions of the calculations that are made on them. It should be noted that the new Sugon supercomputer, which is being built in China, is also likely to be in the exascale league.
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