An Energy Department effort to create an exascale computer will receive $126 million during the coming federal fiscal year under a Senate Appropriations Committee markup of the DOE spending bill. In a report accompanying the bill, Senate appropriators say Energy plans to deploy the first exascale system in 2018, despite challenges.
An exascale system made from today’s technology “would probably cost $100,000,000,000, require $100,000,000 a year to operate, need its own dedicated power plant to power the computing system, and be very unreliable,” the report states. A computer capable of executing an exaflop would be able to conduct one million trillion calculations per second.
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