An exascale computer is one that can carry out more than one billion billion simple calculations a second, a metric known as an “exaflops”. Only one such machine is known to exist, Frontier, which is housed at America’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and used for scientific research — although supercomputers have such important military applications that it may be the case that others already exist but are not acknowledged by their owners. Frontier, which cost about 500 million pounds to produce and came online in 2022, is more than twice as powerful as the next fastest machine.
The Treasury said it would award a 1 million-pound prize every year for the next 10 years to the most groundbreaking AI research. The award will be called the Manchester Prize, in memory of the so-called Manchester Baby, a forerunner of the modern computer built at the University of Manchester in 1948. The government will also invest 2.5 billion pounds over the next decade in quantum technologies. Quantum computing is based on quantum physics — which looks at how the subatomic particles that make up the universe work — and quantum computers are capable of computing their way through vast numbers of different outcomes.
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