Friday the U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced two awards worth a total of 325 million dollars to construct a pair of supercomputers that will be the world’s fastest–at least three times faster than China’s Tianhe-2—thereby reclaiming the top spot. Moniz stated the money will fund the construction of “Summit” at the DOE’s Department of Energy’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and “Sierra” at the DOE’s Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California.
The Summit will take the place of Oak Ridge’s Titan supercomputer, which runs at 27 petaflops. Oak Ride personnel will share the new supercomputer with other scientists. Outside researchers will, however, have to apply for reserved time to work on the supercomputer.