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According to the Chinese researchers behind the latest Sunway supercomputer, the Sunway has over 37 million CPU cores, four times more than its closest rival, Frontier, has.
Sunway also features nine petabytes of memory, and 96,000 semi-independent computer systems that can exchange data at rates greater than 23 petabytes per second. The Sunway is capable of exascale computing, allegedly up to 5.3 exaFLOPS (5.3 quintillion floating-point operations per second).
These numbers put the Sunway supercomputer on a par with Frontier, the latest machine built by the US Department of Energy, which earlier this month was named the world’s most powerful.
The Chinese team used the Sunway machine to train the AI model – called bagualu which means “alchemist’s pot” – with 174 trillion parameters, rivalling the number of synapses in the brain for the first time.
After designing the computer, the research team trained an AI model, named bagualu (meaning alchemist's pot), with 174 trillion parameters using the Sunway. According to Chinese media, this number ris close to that of the number of synapses in the human brain.
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