Intel Delivers First Exascale Supercomputer to Argonne National Laboratory

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  1. cageymaru

    cageymaru [H]ard|News

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    Intel Corporation and Cray Inc. have announced that a Cray "Shasta" system will be the first U.S. exascale supercomputer. This $500 million Aurora supercomputer will be coming to the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory in 2021 and will have a performance of one exaFLOP - a quintillion floating point operations per second. In addition, this system is designed to enable the convergence of traditional HPC, data analytics, and artificial intelligence -- at exascale. The program contract is valued at more than $100 million for Cray, one of the largest contracts in the company's history. The design of the Aurora system calls for 200 Shasta cabinets, Cray's software stack optimized for Intel architectures, Cray Slingshot interconnect, as well as next generation Intel technology innovations in compute processor, memory and storage technologies. Intel's Rajeeb Hazra detailed some of the futuristic technology coming to Aurora including a future generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor, the recently announced Intel Xe compute architecture, and Intel Optane DC persistent memory.

    "Today is an important day not only for the team of technologists and scientists who have come together to build our first exascale computer -- but also for all of us who are committed to American innovation and manufacturing," said Bob Swan, Intel CEO. "The convergence of AI and high-performance computing is an enormous opportunity to address some of the world's biggest challenges and an important catalyst for economic opportunity."

    The Aurora system's exaFLOP of performance -- equal to a "quintillion" floating point computations per second -- combined with an ability to handle both traditional high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) will give researchers an unprecedented set of tools to address scientific problems at exascale. These breakthrough research projects range from developing extreme-scale cosmological simulations, discovering new approaches for drug response prediction and discovering materials for the creation of more efficient organic solar cells. The Aurora system will foster new scientific innovation and usher in new technological capabilities, furthering the United States' scientific leadership position globally.
     
  2. Armenius

    Armenius I Drive Myself to the [H]ospital

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    It will be an exaFLOP when the system is completed in 2021. Kind of premature to say it's the first one at this point. Also, what happened to Perlmutter?
     
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    joobjoob Gawd

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    Does the argonne gift shop sell an argyle ascot with the argonne logo?

    Female person: "What's that your wearing?

    Me: " just my argonne argyle ascot"

    Female person: "Here are my panties. Please inseminate me immediately."
     
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    Zareek Limp Gawd

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    Terrific a $100,000,000 super computer with 100s of security flaws, great job DoE!
     
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    *500,000,000




    How does this stack up against the Stanford Folding at Home super-computer? Obviously you can't compare them in their application, I'm just wondering what the flops are comparatively.
     
  6. Lakados

    Lakados [H]ard|Gawd

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    But can it’s AI processing create and simulate Crysis?
     
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    well i dont know why this is impressive but luckily i have google at my fingers to assist me... nope.
     
  8. Nukester

    Nukester [H]ard|Gawd

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    So, it can run all of the exploits faster.
     
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  9. J3RK

    J3RK [H]ardForum Junkie

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    That's a byproduct. It's mainly to compensate for them. I hope they chose a Logitech M185 mouse for it.
     
  10. Term-X

    Term-X 2[H]4U

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    That's pretty Cray-Z.

    And I'll show myself out.
     
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    mikeo Limp Gawd

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    Came here for Crysis comments, was not disappointed.
     
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    And how long will it be before some nerd hack it to analyze shuffling patterns. :D
     
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    Half the price is gonna be for optanes drives.
     
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  14. Armenius

    Armenius I Drive Myself to the [H]ospital

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    Peak distributed computing power was about 146 PFLOP/s last I checked. That would make the Aurora 6.85 times more powerful. But we don't know yet if the EFLOP/s number is going to be average or peak. If it's average I'll be very impressed.
     
  15. J3RK

    J3RK [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Or release SHODAN from her behavioral constraints...