Fully [H]
Apr 10, 2003
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is livestreaming the announcement of its new 'world’s fastest exascale-class supercomputer' that is being built by Cray Inc and is scheduled to be delivered to ORNL in 2021. It will use custom AMD EPYC CPU and AMD Radeon Instinct GPU processors to power the more than 1.5 exaflops of expected processing performance from the High Performance Computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) optimized supercomputer. The world's fastest supercomputer will provide the computational power for 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,” said 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 programs.”

“We are excited to work with the team at AMD to deliver the Frontier system to Oak Ridge National Laboratory,” said 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.”

With 4x GPU per CPU. Using some Cray tech for 200gbs per port inter-connectivity. That's the PCIe 4.0 coming into play, baby!
Thanks Cagey! I always enjoy watching the tennis match between us and other countries for this stuff. 20-30 years on and its still fun to see. I'm glad to see AMD involved this round. Thanks to [H] I really got to see how well their mid-high end consumer CPU's perform so this adds icing to the cake.