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.”
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.