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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsThe US Department of Energy and IBM unveiled Summit, America's latest supercomputer, which is expected to bring the title of the world's most powerful computer back to America from China. It can complete over 200,000 trillion calculations per second - providing a humongous amount of processing power for research, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). © Oak Ridge National Laboratory It takes up a server room the size of two tennis courts and can perform 200 quadrillions (or 200 with 15 zeros) calculations per second according to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where the supercomputer resides. "Summit will empower scientists to address a wide range of new challenges, accelerate discovery, spur innovation and above all, benefit the American people," said Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy. © Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summit has been built by IBM and takes up 4,000 gallons (15000 liters) of water to cool down its 37,000 processors. The supercomputer is built upon IBM AC922 that has 4,608 computer servers. The supercomputer also comes equipped with 28,000 GPUs, which are optimized for machine-learning algorithms. According to The Verge, the system is connected by 185 miles of fiber-optic cables and can store 250 petabytes of data, which is equal to 74 years of HD video. © Oak Ridge National Laboratory "Summit's AI-optimised hardware also gives researchers an incredible platform for analyzing massive datasets and creating intelligent software to accelerate the pace of discovery," said Jeff Nichols, ORNL associate laboratory director for computing and computational sciences. Unlike older computer chipsets, this one is optimized for a special type of mathematical operation on matrices — or rectangles filled with numbers with rules for adding, subtracting and multiplying the different rows and columns. Summit is also comparatively energy-efficient, drawing just 13 megawatts of power, compared to the 15 megawatts TaihuLight pulls in. Sunway TaihuLight has been the worlds fastest supercomputer up till now and can perform 93 quadrillion calculations a second. It is located at National Supercomputer Center, Wuxi, China. © TaihuLight in China / Top500 The supercomputer has a wide array of applications including analyzing images from telescope surveys to pick out objects of interest. Or Summit could be used for complex DNA analysis or to figure out the structure of proteins. Summit's placement as the "world's fastest" isn't exactly official yet, because the Top500 list for supercomputer rankings hasn't been updated yet. Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsThe opposition is rejoicing. The Karnataka Elections have taught a great lesson to the all-powerful Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and turned their evil plans redundant for now, they say. Major parties across the country are coming together and an alliance seems to be forming even as HD Kumaraswamy takes oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. The current political climate and the future battles it represents, seem straight out of the David vs Goliath storyline, except, the Goliath might just scrape through this time. At the swearing-in ceremony of the new Karnataka CM, opposition leaders, including Congress' Sonia Gandhi & Rahul Gandhi, SP's Akhilesh Yadav, AP CM Chandrababu Naidu, WB CM Mamata Banerjee, RJD's Tejashwi Yadav, CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury, NCP's Sharad Pawar along with HD Kumaraswamy were present at the Vidhana Soudha. Now if that is the template of 2019, here's why it will be difficult to pull it off. © Twitter Let's just try and imagine, that a united opposition somehow finds itself in the pole position in the run-up to the 2019 General Elections. Who, in this case, will be the one responsible to lead the opposition? Will the united front be able to agree on a common minimum program that'll justify their existence in different states? Without a common binding force, will that kind of a united opposition be able to run the country successfully? © Twitter A united opposition is definitely bad news for the BJP and the current Modi government, but nobody can argue that Modi's star appeal all over the country is still intact. He's seen as someone who leads from the front and works hard to do what's in the best interest of the nation. Apart from some policy misadventures that his administration has been guilty of, the four years of Narendra Modi have given a stable government to the country. In that sense, a united opposition runs the danger of being a headless chicken. There's no stellar personality to take on Narendra Modi in the political arena and that is one of its biggest disadvantages going into 2019. Also, there's no charm in electing a government which might be unstable, to begin with, and might flounder under the weight of its own expectations. The average voter is more than likely to identify these lacunas in the opposition's strategy, giving the Modi led NDA some leeway to scrape through in 2019. © Twitter While the elections in 2019 are now just under a year away, the political alignment of some regional parties will decide whether a grand coalition might be the answer to the Modi Juggernaut. For now, it seems that the photo-op at the Karnataka CM swearing-in ceremony is the most we'll get as far as a united opposition front is concerned.