When Emeson Climate Technology Corp (ECTC) announced its intention to build a supercomputer for the United States, the question was posed: “Who’s going to run it?”
The answer: “Emerson.”ECTC’s supercomputer is a system that will “take computers everywhere.”
The company claims it will “compute computing tasks in just minutes,” but the exact nature of this capability is still unknown.
It is said to be capable of processing 10 to 20 petabytes of data in just one hour, and is capable of “up to 1 million compute operations per second.”
While some may argue that the speed of computing will not change much, a recent analysis from the University of Cambridge, which compared the capabilities of IBM Watson, Intel Xeon and NVIDIA Titan systems, found that “in general, supercomputers can compute far more than we are able to today.”
This could mean that our ability to do things like “take photos, draw, and manipulate objects in a virtual environment” will improve, with a potential increase in productivity.
However, even if this sounds promising, it’s not the end of the world.
The company’s new supercomputer could be used to analyze “big data” such as weather and climate data.
The technology is also designed to make data “transparent and easily accessible to users,” which could make it useful in a “bigger world.”
As part of this, it could be possible to make a computer system that “computes a vast array of information at the same time,” as opposed to “simulating data.”
This would mean that a super computer could “compete with and ultimately outcompete many other systems,” according to a report from the Cambridge researchers.
It would also be useful in areas like “human-scale simulations,” where “the number of people in a large area increases exponentially,” according the report.
“If this happens, then the data processing speed could potentially increase substantially, and the computational power could be able to process more data at a time.”
For the foreseeable future, it remains unclear whether ECTC will be able and willing to develop and deploy such a system.
However, it has already received $20 million in funding from a $2.6 billion round led by Google.
This round is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021.
The project has received some attention because of the potential to help the United Kingdom weather its transition to an all-cloud computing model.
However that technology is currently only available to a small group of companies, and has been criticized for its lack of efficiency and speed.