The US Wants To Build the World’s Fastest Supercomputer

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Why do we have to wait on the creation of new supercomputing research initiative? Just build the damn thing already. By the time a fact finding committee is done doing whatever it needs to do, we'll be behind again. :(

President Barack Obama has signed an executive order authorizing the creation of new supercomputing research initiative called the National Strategic Computing Initiative, or NSCI. Its goal: pave the way for the first exaflop supercomputer—something that’s about 30 times faster than today’s fastest machines.
 

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isn't this how Skynet started? on a supoercomputer in the US.
 

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Wouldn't it be sped up if it was written programming wise in a simpler language than english?
 

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Wouldn't it be sped up if it was written programming wise in a simpler language than english?

LOLWAT?

computers do not understand English or any other spoken language for that matter (unless you can speak in binary).

All programs are compiled or interpreted to machine language.
 

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LOLWAT?

computers do not understand English or any other spoken language for that matter (unless you can speak in binary).

All programs are compiled or interpreted to machine language.

My firefox runs slower in chinese. Wouldn't c code run faster if it was less characters for each word?
 

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Why do we have to wait on the creation of new supercomputing research initiative?
President Barack Obama has signed an executive order authorizing the creation of new supercomputing research initiative called the National Strategic Computing Initiative, or NSCI.


Because it's a way he can funnel billions of tax payer dollars to his supports and into next election cycle. And if they somehow actually build a usable supper computer it will just be a bonus.
 

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isn't this how Skynet started? on a supoercomputer in the US.

Indeed. Just makes you wonder what it will/could/might/probably will be used for. Faster computing in Gov to me = faster and easier to keep tabs on more aspects on everyone. However what they tell you it's doing is, making lines shorter at the DMV, and keeping you safe from hurricanes. ;)
 

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Building these supercomputers is not the problem. Figuring out what to do with them is more of challenge. Nuclear weapon testing? Done. Climate change? We have done loads of modeling on that. Advanced physics? Maybe, but of limited use.

I think breaking encryption is probably the easiest identifiable use.
 
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Wouldn't it be sped up if it was written programming wise in a simpler language than english?

ASM. I'm learning assembly now (68000, been wanting to learn it since I was a kid with the Sega Genesis, now I finally can!). Pretty close to bare metal. Next step would be to go binary...

It's fast. But, C is fine, too.
 

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Building these supercomputers is not the problem. Figuring out what to do with them is more of challenge. Nuclear weapon testing? Done. Climate change? We have done loads of modeling on that. Advanced physics? Maybe, but of limited use.

I think breaking encryption is probably the easiest identifiable use.

Everything that you mentioned can benefit greatly from a more powerful supercomputer.
 

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Maybe Obama can put it to use calculating the size of the U.S.'s e-peen after building the world's fastest supercomputer.
 

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isn't this how Skynet started? on a supoercomputer in the US.

FYI, Skynet had 90 TFLOPS of computational processing power.
Today, China's top super computer is around 55 PFLOPS, compared to Skynet's 0.09 PFLOPS. ;)

Computational processing power ≠ sentience ;)


ASM. I'm learning assembly now (68000, been wanting to learn it since I was a kid with the Sega Genesis, now I finally can!). Pretty close to bare metal. Next step would be to go binary...

It's fast. But, C is fine, too.
That's awesome, keep it up.
Then you can put the quote in my sig, into yours! :D
 
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