AMD CPUs And GPUs Will Power The Future World Fastest Supercomputer

AMD CPUs And GPUs Will Power The Future World Fastest Supercomputer

AMD CPUs And GPUs Will Power The Future World Fastest Supercomputer

Describing AMD's "multi-generational" graphics and compute roadmaps, CEO Dr Lisa Su outlined the company's corporate strategy and recapped successes across the client, cloud, gaming, and supercomputing spaces in recent years.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Inc. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. are set to make history by delivering the world's largest supercomputer, created to protect the USA nuclear stockpile.

The awarding of the chip contract to AMD is a big win for the company, which now has deals for two of the three most powerful computers under development by the United States government. AMD will also optimise the next-generation EPYC chips and Radeon Instinct GPUs for enhanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) workloads, which will enable the expanded use of AI and ML into the research, computational techniques and analysis that benefits NNSA missions.

The computer, dubbed El Capitan after the famous rock face in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, will be housed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The enormous computing power required has also become a source of worldwide competition and tension.

"This unprecedented computing capability, powered by advanced CPU and GPU technology from AMD, will sustain America's position on the global stage in high-performance computing and provide an observable example of the commitment of the country to maintaining an unparalleled nuclear deterrent", Lawrence Livermore National Lab Director Bill Goldstein said in a statement.

The United States has barred USA firms from doing business with some Chinese supercomputer groups that U.S. officials say have Chinese military ties. It will be based on future Zen 4-based Epyc "Genoa" CPUs, Radeon Instinct GPUs, and the Infinity Architecture interconnect.

New approach using accelerator-centric compute blades (in a 4:1 GPU to CPU ratio, connected by the 3 Gen AMD Infinity Architecture for high-bandwidth, low latency connections) to increase performance for data-intensive AI, machine learning and analytics needs by offloading processing from the CPU to the GPU.

The system, powered by HPE subsidiary Cray's Shasta architecture, has been commissioned by the US Department of Energy to service the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). While light on product-specific news, we now know a lot about how the next few generations of CPUs and GPUs will shape up, and how AMD plans to gain market share in the important enterprise and data centre markets. Remarkably, the supercomputer is claimed to be able to deliver greater performance than the existing top 200 supercomputers combined.

The Department of Energy today announced updated details regarding "El Capitan", a supercomputer capable of achieving an exaflop, or a quintillion (10^18) calculations per second.

Bronis Supinski, CTO for the lab's Livermore Computing division, said his organization chose to go with AMD over competing vendors based on the performance the AMD has promised for El Capitan's completion date in 2023.

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