The American chip developer and Cray will build the first supercomputer in the Exa era for the US Department of Energy
Like the world of servers, even in the field of supercomputers prestigious presence of the company AMD Until recently it was very minimal, and even almost non-existent - but today the power relations are quite different, and the monstrous Frontier computer now unveiled is a very good example of that.
The US Department of Energy hopes to be the first in the world to run a supercomputer running ExaFLOPS, or 1,000PetaFLOPS (and 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 computational operations every second, in the vernacular), to help Cray's renowned company Particularly prestigious collaboration with AMD For all system processors and accelerators.
The cost of developing and manufacturing the Frontier is valued at more than 500 million (!) And will be based on 100 connected server cabinets with innovative link technologies with massive power consumption of tens of megawatts - all to achieve peak performance of 1.5ExaFLOPS, which will be a leap Of 7 compared to the maximum performance of the current leading supercomputer in the energy department, the Summit which includes IBM general processing cores and the Volta family processing accelerators NVIDIA.
The Frontier is intended to be the new leading computer at the National Oak Ridge Lab in Tennessee, and will be based on EPYC processors and future-generation Radeon Instinct accelerators of unknown identity - mainly because the construction process will take about two years and the monster should only have its first launch somewhere in 2021. It will be interesting to find out what the power relations in the HPC world are between Intel, AMD andNVIDIA At that point in time - though for now the Red Camp certainly has a great pride.