Energy orders up most powerful supercomputer

Energy orders up most powerful supercomputer

It will do so, "by giving American researchers world-class data and computing resources to ensure the next great inventions are made in the United States".

The IBM supercomputer, called Summit, is now ranked as the fastest computing system in the world, a notch occupied by China's Sunway TaihuLight and Tianhe 2A for five years.

"Frontier represents the state-of-the-art in high-performance computing".

The system, based on Cray's new Shasta architecture and Slingshot interconnect, will feature high-performance AMD technology-and a price tag of more than $600 million.

When functional, the supercomputer is expected to have a processing power of 1.5 exaflops, and will be used for a range of computational tasks including things like climate and nuclear research.

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Frontier should be able to perform 1.5 quintillion calculations per second, a level called 1.5 exaflops and enough to claim the performance crown, the Energy Department announced Tuesday.

The exascale machine's software stack "brings together the performance and scalability of the supercomputing world with the flexibility, modularity and user productivity of the cloud world all together in the same machine", Cray President and CEO Peter Ungaro said at the announcement. 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. The supercomputer is scheduled to be completed and delivered to in 2021.

Aurora is a separate $500 million exascale supercomputer project funded by the the DoE. "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". Summit, which uses IBM CPUs and Nvidia GPUs, is now the most powerful supercomputer in the world, according to the latest Top500 rankings.

ORNL's Center for Accelerated Application Readiness is now accepting proposals from scientists to prepare their codes to run on Frontier.

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