Intel today announced that it and subcontractor Cray will build the first supercomputer with of one exaflop of performance — equivalent to one quintillion floating point computations (“flops”) per second, where a flop equals two 15-digit numbers multiplied together — for the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago. It’s expected to be delivered by 2021.

The Santa Clara company says that the $500 million system, dubbed Aurora, is purpose-built for both traditional high-performance computing and artificial intelligence, and that it will be used to “dramatically” advance scientific research and discovery. It’s the second iteration; Intel previously said it would deploy a 180-petaflop supercomputer at Argonne in 2018, architected on its third-gen Knights Hill Xeon Phi processors, but scrapped the plans after China revealed

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