IT News - HPC
2021 Jun 6
Perlmutter, Said To Be The World's Fastest AI Supercomputer, Comes Online
siliconANGLE, May 27th, 2021

Mike Wheatley reports in siliconANGLE, "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..."
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2021 Jun 6
The Rapidly Expanding And Swiftly Rising HPC Market
The Next Platform, May 27th, 2021

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..."
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2021 Jun 6
This Supercomputer Is Getting The World's Fastest Storage, May 24th, 2021

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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