It has been somewhat difficult to ascertain what problems the fastest supercomputer on the planet has been chewing on since it was announced in 2013, but there are some signs that China is now pinning the machine’s mission on the future of genomics, among other areas.
Sandia National Laboratories has named Jill Hruby to its highest post. On July 17, she becomes Sandia’s 14th director in its 60-plus year history as well as the first woman to lead one of the three National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) laboratories.
By Sharan Kalwani; One of the main reasons I got into computing, admittedly a long time ago, was the potential that I personally saw in using this unbelievably powerful new tool towards addressing the needs of the society we live in.
For the past two years, since June 2013, the top supercomputer in the world has been Tianhe-2. (Its name translates to Sky River—the Milky Way.) Tianhe-2 lives in Guangzhou, China, and on a benchmark test, it reached 33.86 petaflop per second.