Obama issues order for the US to build world's fastest supercomputer by 2025
President Obama signed an executive order saying that the United States will build the world's fastest supercomputer by 2025. The proposed computer would make a quintillion (a billion billion) calculations per second. This processing speed is known as an exaflop.
Obama will set up an organization, National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), to work on the computer. According to the BBC, "It is hoped the machine would help to analyse weather data for more accurate forecasts or assist in cancer diagnoses by analysing X-ray images."
Facts about obama's proposed supercomputer:
The computer could be used to make custom medications for individuals. "Today, drugs are designed for the average human and they work OK for some people but not others," Richard Kenway at the University of Edinburgh said. "The real challenge in precision medicine is to move from designing average drugs to designing drugs for the individual because you can know their genome and their lifestyle."
The computer would probably use 60 megawatts of energy, which would equal a yearly electricity bill of about $93.5 million.
Scientists estimate that a full simulation of a human brain would require an exaflop computer.