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Powered by 9,216 IBM-built central-processing chips and an astonishing 27,648 Nvidia graphics processors, the disparate elements of the machine are bound together using an estimated 185 miles of fiber-optic cable.

Cooling Summit takes 4,000 gallons of water a minute and Summit uses enough power to run 8,100 homes.

The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Lab unveiled their newest supercomputer, Summit, on Friday afternoon. "Summit is going to impact people's lives".

IBM was the Department of Energy's general contractor for the Summit project, but it also had the help of several other partners within the tech industry.

Summit is an IBM AC922 system consisting of 4,608 servers with a total memory of more than 10 petabytes. With Summit, the U.S. has overtaken China in the race to build the world's fastest computer.

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IBM has been continuing to build DOE supercomputers and Summit isn't the end of its invention instead it is a step forward in reaching the later goals of one that can perform about 5 times that of Summit. Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thomas Zacharia said that Summit has already proved itself capable of making exascale calculations in some scientific areas. "From the performance of scientific calculations at gigaflop speeds in 1988, to teraflops in the 1990s, petaflops a decade ago, and exaops today, ORNL continues to lead the way in supercomputing".

The victor: The US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee has taken the wraps off Summit, which boasts peak computing power of 200 petaflops, or 200 million billion calculations a second. "The ability to show the rest of the world that America is back in the game-and we're back in the game in a big way-is really important", he added.

One of the keys to combating cancer is developing tools that can automatically extract, analyze and sort existing health data to reveal previously hidden relationships between disease factors such as genes, biological markers and environment. Also, the supercomputer can be used for climate modeling that can have a positive impact on the accuracy of weather forecasts.

The Chinese government's aggressive push to become the leader in technologies like artificial intelligence, microchips and cellular networks has ignited a rivalry with the United States, the traditional front-runner in the digital realm. "Summit enables us to explore much more complex models in a time efficient way so we can identify the ones that are most effective".

Summit is meant to be used for machine learning and deep learning applications.