Titan, the fastest supercomputer in the U.S., calls ORNL home. The only computer faster than Titan is in China. Covering 4,352 square-feet of floor space, Titan can reach speeds of more than 20 petaflops – about 20,000 trillion calculations per second. That’s faster than half a million laptops.
Titan is an “open science” supercomputer, meaning it’s available for any scientific research. ORNL awards access on Titan based on the importance of the project.
An example of one of Titan’s endeavors is the BigNeuron Project. Using this supercomputer, researchers are working to digitally reconstruct and analyze individual neurons, with the goal of mapping the nearly 100 billion neurons in the human brain. Researchers hope this knowledge will allow them to better understand how diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s develop in the brain.