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The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is funding a multi-year research project that could fundamentally change the field of supercomputing.

International Business Machines Corp, Raytheon BBN Technologies and Northrop Grumman Corp won the contracts, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity said Wednesday, without disclosing financial details.

Network World

If there’s a away to overcome the power and cooling requirements to build a supercomputer beyond exaflop – that’s over 1,000 petaflops, about 30 times faster than the current fastest supercomputer -- researchers at Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) want to find it.

One exaflop equals one quintillion (a quintillion is 1 followed by 18 zeros) calculations per second. It is the next great goal in supercomputing, according to a recent ComputerWorld article.

Daily Digest News

Researchers with Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) are seeking to break the exaflop barrier in their effort to create a supercomputer with the power and cooling capacities beyond anything in existence today.

The fastest supercomputer on the planet right now is Tianhe-2, which was developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology. Tianhe-2 is capable of performing at 33.86 petaflops, which is in the range of quadrillions of calculations, in every second. One exaflop is 1,000 petaflops and is equivalent to a quintillion calculations per second. According to a recent article published in ComputerWorld, exaflop speed is the next big goal in supercomputing.

Silicon Republic

Computer chips with elusive superconducting circuits would be 50 to 100 times as energy efficient as today’s products, and researchers are on the hunt.

With success of this program they want to build an exascale supercomputer which, is capable of at least 1,000 petaflops (1 exaflop), or about 40 times faster than the world’s existing superconducting computer.

Morning Vertical

Intelligence Advance Research Project activity (IARPA), has announced a platform to build a superconducting computer. IARPA is the secretive R&D wing of the US government’s intelligence exertions. This supercomputing project will be a joint effort by IARPA, IBM, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman. But exact financial details of this project was not made public.

With success of this program they want to build an exascale supercomputer which, is capable of at least 1,000 petaflops (1 exaflop), or about 40 times faster than the world’s existing supercomputers. Which beg the question is where this invention will be used by agencies like NASA and CIA to crack encrypted messages.

Defense Systems

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has awarded the initial contracts in a five-year program that could up the ante in the field of high-performance—and low power—computing.

IARPA, the Intelligence Community’s research division, will work with IBM, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman in developing the first phase of its Cryogenic Computing Complexity, or C3, program, which aims to build a superconducting computer that can operate at exascale capacity—about 40 times faster than today’s fastest supercomputers—while requiring much less power than today’s machines.

GovConWire

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has selected three industry teams to perform research and development work on a future energy-efficient superconducting computer as part of IARPA’s multi-year Cryogenic Computer Complexity program.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Wednesday that teams led by IBM, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon‘s BBN Technologies subsidiary received research contracts to develop a replacement for complementary metal-oxide semiconductors in high-performance computing systems.