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Primeur weekly 2019-05-13

Exascale supercomputing

AMD EPYC CPUs, AMD Radeon Instinct GPUs and ROCm Open Source software to power world's fastest supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory ...

U.S. Department of Energy and Cray to deliver record-setting Frontier supercomputer at ORNL ...

Cray pursues advanced research with DOE for exascale systems ...

CAAR accepting application team proposals for Frontier system ...

Quantum computing

Computing faster with quasi-particles ...

Quantum computing with graphene plasmons ...

Focus on Europe

ELIXIR and GA4GH expand collaboration ...

Netherlands eScience Center labeled "Center of Excellence" by international review committee ...

HPC stakeholders in Europe get together at EuroHPC Summit Week 2019 ...

Middleware

DDN announces intent to acquire Nexenta, a market expert in Software-Defined Storage for 5G and IoT ...

Hardware

Austria's Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics improves weather nowcasting with Cray AI solutions ...

Cray reports first quarter 2019 financial results ...

CoolIT Systems announces liquid cooling solution for Intel Server System S9200WK ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise integrates BlueData to accelerate Artificial Intelligence and data-driven innovation in the enterprise ...

Intel previews design innovation: 10nm CPU ships in June and 7nm product in 2021 ...

WekaIO Matrix selected by Mellanox Technologies to accelerate EDA workloads ...

Applications

King's College London and NVIDIA build UK's first AI platform for NHS hospitals ...

Quantum sensor for photons ...

Comet-enabled simulations showcase black holes and their magnetic bubbles ...

Ultra-secure form of virtual money proposed ...

Shaping the future of finance with HPC ...

NCSA scientist employs supercomputer simulations in Ohio gerrymandering case ...

Superfacility framework advances photosynthesis research ...

The Cloud

Supermicro introduces open private Cloud solutions based on new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 ...

NetApp powers data-driven organisations to succeed ...

AMD EPYC CPUs, AMD Radeon Instinct GPUs and ROCm Open Source software to power world's fastest supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

7 May 2019 Santa Clara - AMD has joined the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Cray Inc. in announcing what is expected to be the world's fastest exascale-class supercomputer, scheduled to be delivered to ORNL in 2021. To deliver what is expected to be more than 1.5 exaflops of expected processing performance, the Frontier system is designed to use future generation High Performance Computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) optimized, custom AMD EPYC CPU, and AMD Radeon Instinct GPU processors. Researchers at ORNL will use the Frontier system's unprecedented computing power and next generation AI techniques to simulate, model and advance understanding of the interactions underlying the science of weather, sub-atomic structures, genomics, physics, and other important scientific fields.

"AMD is proud to partner with Cray and ORNL to deliver what is expected to be the world's most powerful supercomputer", stated Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Datacenter and Embedded Systems Group. "Frontier will feature custom CPU and GPU technology from AMD and represents the latest achievement on a long list of technology innovations AMD has contributed to the Department of Energy exascale programmes."

AMD innovations to be used in the Frontier system include:

  • Future-generation High Performance Computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) optimized, custom AMD EPYC CPU, and Radeon Instinct GPU processors supported by High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) and extensive mixed precision ops for optimum deep learning performance;
  • A custom high-bandwidth, low-latency coherent Infinity Fabric, connecting four AMD Radeon Instinct GPUs to one AMD EPYC CPU per node;
  • An enhanced version of the open source ROCm programming environment, developed with Cray to tap into the combined performance of AMD CPUs and GPUs.

"We are excited to work with the team at AMD to deliver the Frontier system to Oak Ridge National Laboratory", stated Steve Scott, senior vice president and CTO at Cray. "Cray's Shasta supercomputers are designed to support leading edge processor technologies and high-performance storage, all tightly interconnected by Cray's new Slingshot network. The combination of Cray and AMD technology in the Frontier system will dramatically enhance performance at scale for AI, analytics, and simulation, enabling DOE to further push the boundaries of scientific discovery."

AMD has an impressive supercomputing history and a long-standing engagement with DOE, starting with the Jaguar supercomputer in 2005 and Titan supercomputer in 2012. The Frontier system leverages years of exascale technology investments by DOE. The contract award includes technology development funding, a centre of excellence, several early-delivery systems, the main Frontier system and multi-year systems support.

"Frontier represents the state-of-the art in high-performance computing. Designing and standing up a machine of its scope requires working closely with industry, partnerships which not only enable breakthrough science but also ensure American scientific and economic competitiveness on the global stage", stated Jeff Nichols, associate laboratory director for Computing and Computational Sciences, ORNL. "We are delighted to work with AMD to integrate the CPU and GPU technologies that enable this extremely capable accelerated node architecture."
Source: Arm

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2019-05-13

Exascale supercomputing

AMD EPYC CPUs, AMD Radeon Instinct GPUs and ROCm Open Source software to power world's fastest supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory ...

U.S. Department of Energy and Cray to deliver record-setting Frontier supercomputer at ORNL ...

Cray pursues advanced research with DOE for exascale systems ...

CAAR accepting application team proposals for Frontier system ...

Quantum computing

Computing faster with quasi-particles ...

Quantum computing with graphene plasmons ...

Focus on Europe

ELIXIR and GA4GH expand collaboration ...

Netherlands eScience Center labeled "Center of Excellence" by international review committee ...

HPC stakeholders in Europe get together at EuroHPC Summit Week 2019 ...

Middleware

DDN announces intent to acquire Nexenta, a market expert in Software-Defined Storage for 5G and IoT ...

Hardware

Austria's Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics improves weather nowcasting with Cray AI solutions ...

Cray reports first quarter 2019 financial results ...

CoolIT Systems announces liquid cooling solution for Intel Server System S9200WK ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise integrates BlueData to accelerate Artificial Intelligence and data-driven innovation in the enterprise ...

Intel previews design innovation: 10nm CPU ships in June and 7nm product in 2021 ...

WekaIO Matrix selected by Mellanox Technologies to accelerate EDA workloads ...

Applications

King's College London and NVIDIA build UK's first AI platform for NHS hospitals ...

Quantum sensor for photons ...

Comet-enabled simulations showcase black holes and their magnetic bubbles ...

Ultra-secure form of virtual money proposed ...

Shaping the future of finance with HPC ...

NCSA scientist employs supercomputer simulations in Ohio gerrymandering case ...

Superfacility framework advances photosynthesis research ...

The Cloud

Supermicro introduces open private Cloud solutions based on new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 ...

NetApp powers data-driven organisations to succeed ...