One of the world's fastest supercomputers designed specifically to handle artificial intelligence workloads came online today at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center based at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in California
Mike Wheatley reports in
"The Perlmutter system, according to Nvidia Corp., whose graphics chips it uses in large numbers, is the 'fastest on the planet' when it comes to handling the 16- and 32-bit mixed-phase precision math that's used by AI applications. It will be tasked with tackling some of the most difficult science challenges in astrophysics and climate science, such as creating a 3D map of the universe and probing subatomic interactions for green energy sources, Nvidia said.
The system is a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.-built Cray supercomputer that boasts some serious processing power. It's powered by a whopping 6,159 Nvidia A100 Tensor Core graphics processing units, which are the most advanced graphics processing units Nvidia has built..."
Real growth in and recognition of the importance of high performance computing has been a long time coming
Timothy Prickett Morgan writes in The Next Platform
, "Perhaps since Seymour Cray launched the Cray-1 back in 1975. Perhaps even earlier than that. No matter where you draw the line, it has been difficult to watch companies struggle to bring advanced systems to market and not really make any money. Vendors usually did not have much net income left after they did the hard work of designing and building supercomputers.
That could be changing as the HPC market is expanding with new types of work, adding AI and data analytics to traditional simulation and modeling..."
The innovative storage system is powered by an open source filesystem
Mayank Sharma reports in
"The world's first 1.5 ExaFLOPS supercomputer is about to be paired with an equally trailblazing storage subsystem that offers about 700 Petabytes (PB) of storage, 75 TB/s of throughput, and 15 billion input/output operations per second of performance.
The Frontier exascale supercomputer is being assembled by the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) and is set to go online in late 2021..."
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