Video: What Does it Take to Reach 2 Exaflops?

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In this video, Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research moderates a panel discussion on the El Capitan supercomputer. With a peak performance of over 2 Exaflops, El Capitan will be roughly 10x faster than today’s fastest supercomputer and more powerful than the current Top 200 systems — combined!

What does it take to get to 2 double precision exaflops of performance? Watch this webcast to learn from our panel of experts about the National Nuclear Security Administration’s requirements and how the Exascale Computing Project helped drive the hardware, software, and collaboration needed to achieve this milestone.


  • Steve Scott, SVP, Senior Fellow & CTO for HPC & AI at HPE
  • Mark Papermaster, Chief Technology Officer & Executive Vice President, Technology and Engineering at AMD
  • Bronis de Supinski, Chief Technical Officer, Livermore Computing at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Moderator: Addison Snell, CEO – Intersect360 Research

Featuring advanced capabilities for modeling, simulation and artificial intelligence (AI), based on Cray’s new Shasta architecture, El Capitan is projected to run national nuclear security applications at more than 50 times the speed of LLNL’s Sequoia system.

El Capitan will be DOE’s third exascale-class supercomputer, following Argonne National Laboratory’s “Aurora” and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s “Frontier” system. All three DOE exascale supercomputers will be built by Cray utilizing their Shasta architecture, Slingshot interconnect and new software platform.

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