An IBM-built supercomputer now holds the title of the world’s fasted computing system, the Energy Department announced Monday.
Sequoia resides at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif. and the National Nuclear Security Administration uses the supercomputer to help manage the country’s nuclear weapons stockpile.
Technology website Top500.org released its list of the world’s 500 fastest supercomputers Monday at a conference in Hamburg, Germany.
The U.S. returns to the top spot after two-and-a-half years, according to the department.
DOE added that scientists at national laboratories, universities and within industry use supercomputers to study protein folding for disease treatment and prevention, model climate change and use the models for scientific predictions, develop future energy sources and simulate combustion chemistry to design clean energy systems.