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Eighteen zeros: The power and possibilities of exascale computing

Getting to exascale means reaching a new frontier for humanity and the opportunity to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

In 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy tasked elite teams at six major computing companies with researching and developing an exascale supercomputer.

Why did the government throw down this gauntlet? Getting to exascale means reaching a new frontier for humanity and the opportunity to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

“Each increase in order of magnitude is a big deal. And I like to think of it this way: If I can walk, I can explore my neighborhood. If I ride my bicycle, I can explore my city. When I drive a car, I can explore the country. And if I fly, I can explore the world. We’re going to go explore the world.” — Dona Crawford, president, Livermore Lab Foundation

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