America's First Exascale Computer in the Works

Posted by Instor on Oct 31, 2017 9:00:00 AM

No longer the stuff of science fiction, supercomputers are getting more and more powerful each year. Learn about Intel's plan to build America's first exascale supercomputer by 2021 and other data center news here. 

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Data Center Roundup for Oct. 31, 2017

Last year, the Texas Advanced Computer Center got $30 million in funding to build an 18-petaflop supercomputer, making it second only to Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Cray Xk7 Opteron-based system that runs at 27 petaflops. But that’s about to be blown out of the water if Cray and Intel’s plans to build the nation’s first exascale computer comes to fruition. Code named Aurora, the supercomputer, capable of performing one quintillion calculations of floating operations each second is set to go online in 2021 at the Argonne National Laboratory. The Chinese are lined up to be the first to build a supercomputer that tops one exaflop with their own version, set for a 2020 build. Exactly how quickly this computing power will make its way to mainstream server technology is hard to say, but sooner or later, everyone will benefit. Learn more in this story from Network World.

A recent piece from Juniper Networks examines the rise of the IoT and all those connected devices that seem to proliferate more and more each day. While these devices are making our lives easier and educating us about our own habits, it’s not exactly all rainbows and unicorns out there. Cybersecurity remains top of mind as the IoT increases risks across the world’s various ecosystems. The challenge is to allow for a free flow of data without unduly exposing consumers to risks. With 8.4 billion IoT devices in use, it’s time to adopt some best practices including automation, stronger security and more secure networks, Juniper says. Read the story here.

Apple is seeing a bit of pushback for its planned $1 billion Galway, Ireland data center once again. After several years of efforts to get construction off the ground, Apple was recently granted approval to move forward. But, as Mac Rumors reports, a pair of Athenry residents have raised new concerns - and a legal challenge - over environmental protection issues. It’s not the first time Apple has been challenges on such grounds. Earlier objections were raised over the data center’s potential impact on local animals, then for flooding concerns and now for its proximity to an idled nuclear power plant. Learn more here.

Finally, the FBI has begun construction on a Pocatello, Idaho data center that will help with the agency’s efforts to consolidate existing data centers. As part of the Department of Justice’s Data Center Transformation Initiative, the federal government hopes to cut redundancies in software and move workloads to cloud services, Data Center Knowledge reports. The eventual plan is to consolidate several dozen data centers into three core facilities, including the one in Idaho along with one in West Virginia and another in Washington, D.C. Read the story to learn more about the delays and costs that have plagued the project for several years now.

 

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