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[InsideHPC] TACC Unveils Frontera – Fastest Supercomputer in Academia

Source: https://insidehpc.com/2019/09/tacc-u...r-in-academia/

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Joined by representatives from the National Science Foundation (NSF) — which funded the system with a $60 million award — UT Austin, and technology partners Dell Technologies, Intel, Mellanox Technologies, DataDirect Networks, NVIDIA, IBM, CoolIT and Green Revolution Cooling, TACC inaugurated a new era of academic supercomputing with a resource that will help the nation’s top researchers explore science at the largest scale and make the next generation of discoveries.

"Scientific challenges demand computing and data at the largest and most complex scales possible. That’s what Frontera is all about,” said Jim Kurose, assistant director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering at NSF. “Frontera’s leadership-class computing capability will support the most computationally challenging science applications that U.S. scientists are working on today.”

Based on 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors and featuring Intel Optane DC persistent memory, the Frontera system is poised to accelerate scientific research and innovation.

"The Frontera system will provide researchers computational and artificial intelligence capabilities that have not existed before for academic research, Trish Damkroger, vice president and general manager, Extreme Computing at Intel. “With Intel technology, this new supercomputer opens up new possibilities in science and engineering to advance research including cosmic understanding, medical cures and energy needs.”
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i'm more impressed by how massive their data storage is tbh, 3PB flash storage!
for comparisons sake thats 750 × 4TB SSDs.

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i'm more impressed by how massive their data storage is tbh, 3PB flash storage!
for comparisons sake thats 750 × 4TB SSDs.
I see what you are saying but the conclusion is obvious : we need to wait for a BIOS update to have a 3PB drive in our own rigs .

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They shoulda waited used Amd's Epyc CPUs to really put hurt in Intel. But maybe in a few Gen's when Amd hits 1nm things will change in server space.

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They shoulda waited used Amd's Epyc CPUs to really put hurt in Intel. But maybe in a few Gen's when Amd hits 1nm things will change in server space.
Most likely went with Intel due to AVX-512. This supercomputer is being used for research so Intel's Deep Learning Boost has the advantage.

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They shoulda waited used Amd's Epyc CPUs to really put hurt in Intel. But maybe in a few Gen's when Amd hits 1nm things will change in server space.
They started construction with finalized design before AMD had the Rome processor out. They already scored wins with other supercomputers, but it will still be a year or two before those become operational.

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It'll be great to see them build super computers using latest ad hardware not available to public just to see how far ahead they can get in server space.

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