IBM Unveils Summit, the World’s Fastest and Most Powerful AI Supercomputer


IBM Unveils Summit, the World’s Fastest and Most Powerful AI Supercomputer

Bangkok, Thailand – 12 June 2018: IBM and the U.S. Department of Energy unveiled “Summit,” the world’s most powerful and smartest artificial intelligence (AI) supercomputer. A major computing milestone has been reached as Summit is capable of performing 200 quadrillion calculations per second — or 200 petaflops, making it the fastest in the world.

Summit is optimized for AI in a data-intense world. It was designed with a whole new heterogeneous architecture that integrates the robust data analysis of powerful IBM Power CPUs with the deep learning capabilities of GPUs. The result is unparalleled performance on critical new applications.

For instant, Summit can run simulations and models that will help us advance cancer research, understand genetic factors that contribute to opioid addiction, simulate atomic interactions to develop stronger, more energy efficient materials, and better understand supernovas to explore the origins of the universe.

“From Deep Blue to Blue Gene, IBM supercomputers pioneered massively parallel processing and broke the petaflop barrier that led to breakthroughs in everything from weather prediction to oil exploration,” said Surarit Wuwong, Country Manager, IBM Systems for Cloud Platforms, IBM Thailand Co., Ltd. “Today is a major computing milestone and Summit is a game changer.”

“IBM is making the same architecture that powers Summit available in commercial form,” added Surarit.

Companies are already using the same hybrid architecture in IBM’s business product line with the IBM Power Systems AC922 system, and the family of new IBM POWER9-based servers. This has resulted in business computing that can help every industry advance their products and services, from banking, to healthcare, to retail, to transportation.