Moscow State University (MSU) has unveiled plans to boost its Lomonosov supercomputer capacity to 21-25 petaflops, news agency RIA Novosti reports citing MSU rector Viktor Sadovnichiy.
One petaflops is a supercomputer’s ability to process one quadrillion (or 1,000 trillion) FLOPS (floating point operations per second).
According to the MSU rector, with this job accomplished Russia will join “…the top three or five countries possessing such machines.” To make it happen, Mr. Sadovnichiy is asking for federal support.
In the June Top500 ranking of global supercomputers, the U.S.’ IBM Sequoia performing at 16.32 petaflops at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) ranked the world’s most powerful supercomputer. The Lomonosov, the fastest-performing supercomputer in Russia, ranked 22nd with a maximum capacity of 0.9 petaflops.