AMD powers the world’s most powerful supercomputer

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Advanced Micro Devices said its Epyc processors power the world’s most powerful supercomputer.

The Santa Clara, California-based chipmaker also said its Epyc processors power five of the top 10 most powerful supercomputers in the world and eight of the ten most efficient supercomputers, according to the latest Top500 Supercomputer and Green500 lists. AMD has 94 systems in the top 500 list. The fastest system is made by HPE.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Frontier System Submitted Its First-Ever Score to the Top500
list of 1.1 exaflops, making it the fastest supercomputer in the world and the first to break the exaflop barrier, according to AMD. This score is double the score of the No. 2 system and higher than the sum of the next eight systems on the latest Top500 list.

In addition, the Frontier Test and Development System (TDS) also took first place on the Green500 list, with power consumption of 62.68 gigaflops/watt from a single cabinet of 3rd Gen AMD Epyc processors and AMD Instinct MI250x accelerators. Frontier’s mixed-precision computing performance clocked in at 6.86 exaflops, as measured by the High-Performance Linpack-Accelerator Introspection, or HPL-AI, test.

The next steps for Frontier include further testing and validation of the system, which remains on track for final adoption and early access to science later in 2022 and open to full science in early 2023.

In other AMD Epyc and AMD Instinct MI200 systems, CSC’s LUMI supercomputer is third on the Top500 list with 152 petaflops of performance and third on the Green500 list with 51.6 gigaflops/watt
energy efficiency, and the Adastra system at GENCI-CINES is tenth on the Top500 list and fourth on the
Green500 list. These systems continue to enhance the performance and efficiency capabilities of the
AMD Instinct accelerators at node, cabinet and system level.

In addition, the Top500 and Green500 lists show the rapidly growing preference for AMD solutions in the HPC industry. On the Top500 list, AMD products power 94 systems, up 95% year-over-year, and AMD Instinct MI200 accelerators made their first entry in the Top500 list with seven systems.

“We are excited that AMD Epyc processors and AMD Instinct accelerators are the fastest,
most energy efficient and the first supercomputer to break the exaflop barrier with double precision,” Forrest Norrod, senior vice president of the data center solutions group at AMD, said in a statement. “Innovation and delivering greater performance and efficiency for supercomputers is critical to addressing the world’s most complex challenges. AMD EPYC processors and AMD Instinct accelerators continue to push the boundaries in high-performance computing, delivering the performance needed to advance scientific discoveries and enable supercomputers to break through the exascale barrier.”

The performance figure delivered by this single generation of AMD Instinct based systems on the Top500 list is almost equal to the combined flops of the rest of the 161 accelerated system on Top500
On the Green500 list, AMD EPYC processors and AMD Instinct accelerators now power the four most efficient supercomputers in the world. Furthermore, AMD products are in eight of the top ten and 17
of the top 20 most efficient.

“The Frontier supercomputer, powered by AMD and HPE, represents a huge step forward for both
science and for the HPC industry,” said Bronson Messer, director of science at Oak Ridge Leadership
Computer facility, in a statement. “Our partnership with AMD was critical for us to ensure we deploy the world’s leading computational science platform. The Frontier supercomputer leverages the combined performance of enhanced AMD CPUs and AMD Instinct accelerators, along with an enhanced AMD ROCm 5 open software platform, to deliver the performance researchers need to conduct scientific research.
research for the good of all humanity.”

AMD is making strides in high-performance computing in key research areas, including manufacturing, life sciences, financial services, climate research, and more. AMD Epyc processors now power Thailand’s National Science and Technology Development Agency’s latest supercomputer, providing the computing power to advance research in medicine, energy resources, weather forecasting and more. In addition, The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) recently announced Ascend, a new HPC cluster comprised of Dell Technologies PowerEdge servers powered by AMD Epyc processors.

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