Domestic breakthrough: Russia is building a super-powerful laptop

The Dubna-based Joint Institute for Nuclear Research has announced the creation of a new super-powerful Govorun computer. The name given to the computer, of course, does not mean that he knows how to talk: they named him in honor of the famous Soviet mathematician and academician Nikolai Nikolayevich Govorun.

The unit will process data received from the NICA collider, the construction of which is scheduled to be completed in 2020. In addition, its power is useful in finding solutions to important research problems. For example, in calculations related to the simulation of collisions of heavy ions, which will allow a more thorough study of the characteristics of various systems in the field of physics of new materials.

When assembling the device, 72-core Intel Xeon Phi 7290 and Intel Xeon Gold 6154 processors were used, and both Russian and American specialists were engaged in its creation. Machine performance is estimated at 1 petaflops, that is, it can carry out quadrillion operations in one second. However, developers are especially proud of the unique cooling system, which allows you to use no more than 6% of the energy needed to power the computer.

It is worth noting that this unit is far from the first in the line of high-power devices manufactured in our country. Several similar computers are already working in Russia. The most powerful of them is the famous "Lomonosov-2" installed in the computing center of Moscow State University. Its performance is almost 2 petaflops. “Govorun”, unfortunately, did not break this record, although there are devices with higher performance in the world.

Let's look at the list of the international ranking "Top 500". In the first place is the Chinese supercomputer Sunway TaihuLight with a performance of 93 petaflops. Next - again, China with a Tianhe-2 machine (33,9 petaflops). And, finally, an honorable third place - at the unit from Switzerland with a strange name for the Russian ear Piz Daint (19,6 petaflops). A couple of American devices also appeared in the top five, while Lomonosov-2 was already quite far away - at 59th place. Somewhere further on this list will be the Govorun apparatus.

Thus, Russia is significantly behind in the field of high-performance computing from the United States, not to mention China. It is only encouraging that the most productive Russian computer is a fully domestic development implemented on the patented T-Blade2 platform, which provides 90% of its power. So it's not so bad?