AMD EPYC CPUs, AMD Radeon Instinct GPUs and ROCm Open Source Software to Power World’s Fastest Supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with Cray tar­gets over 1.5 exa­flops of next-genera­ti­on AI and HPC pro­ces­sing per­for­mance in Fron­tier sys­tem by 2021


AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today joi­ned the U.S. Depart­ment of Ener­gy (DOE), Oak Ridge Natio­nal Labo­ra­to­ry (ORNL) and Cray Inc. in announ­cing what is expec­ted to be the world’s fas­test exas­ca­le-class super­com­pu­ter, sche­du­led to be deli­ve­r­ed to ORNL in 2021. To deli­ver what is expec­ted to be more than 1.5 exa­flops of expec­ted pro­ces­sing per­for­mance, the Fron­tier sys­tem is desi­gned to use future genera­ti­on High Per­for­mance Com­pu­ting (HPC) and Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence (AI) opti­mi­zed, cus­tom AMD EPYCCPU, and AMD Rade­on™ Instinct GPU pro­ces­sors. Rese­ar­chers at ORNL will use the Fron­tier system’s unpre­ce­den­ted com­pu­ting power and next genera­ti­on AI tech­ni­ques to simu­la­te, model and advan­ce under­stan­ding of the inter­ac­tions under­ly­ing the sci­ence of wea­ther, sub-ato­mic struc­tures, geno­mics, phy­sics, and other important sci­en­ti­fic fiel­ds.

AMD is proud to part­ner with Cray and ORNL to deli­ver what is expec­ted to be the world’s most power­ful super­com­pu­ter,” said For­rest Nor­rod, seni­or vice pre­si­dent and gene­ral mana­ger, AMD Dat­a­cen­ter and Embed­ded Sys­tems Group. “Fron­tier will fea­ture cus­tom CPU and GPU tech­no­lo­gy from AMD and repres­ents the latest achie­ve­ment on a long list of tech­no­lo­gy inno­va­tions AMD has con­tri­bu­t­ed to the Depart­ment of Ener­gy exas­ca­le pro­grams.”

AMD inno­va­tions to be used in the Fron­tier sys­tem inclu­de:

  • Future-genera­ti­on High Per­for­mance Com­pu­ting (HPC) and Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence (AI) opti­mi­zed, cus­tom AMD EPYC CPU, and Rade­on Instinct GPU pro­ces­sors sup­por­ted by High Band­width Memo­ry (HBM) and exten­si­ve mixed pre­cisi­on ops for opti­mum deep lear­ning per­for­mance;
  • A cus­tom high-band­width, low-laten­cy cohe­rent Infi­ni­ty Fab­ric, con­nec­ting four AMD Rade­on Instinct GPUs to one AMD EPYC CPU per node;
  • An enhan­ced ver­si­on of the open source ROCm pro­gramming envi­ron­ment, deve­lo­ped with Cray to tap into the com­bi­ned per­for­mance of AMD CPUs and GPUs.

We are exci­ted to work with the team at AMD to deli­ver the Fron­tier sys­tem to Oak Ridge Natio­nal Labo­ra­to­ry,” said Ste­ve Scott, seni­or vice pre­si­dent and CTO at Cray. “Cray’s Shas­ta super­com­pu­ters are desi­gned to sup­port lea­ding edge pro­ces­sor tech­no­lo­gies and high-per­for­mance sto­rage, all tight­ly inter­con­nec­ted by Cray’s new Slings­hot net­work. The com­bi­na­ti­on of Cray and AMD tech­no­lo­gy in the Fron­tier sys­tem will dra­ma­ti­cal­ly enhan­ce per­for­mance at sca­le for AI, ana­ly­tics, and simu­la­ti­on, enab­ling DOE to fur­ther push the bounda­ries of sci­en­ti­fic dis­co­very.”

AMD has a proud super­com­pu­ting histo­ry and a long-stan­ding enga­ge­ment with DOE, star­ting with the Jagu­ar super­com­pu­ter in 2005 and Titan super­com­pu­ter in 2012. The Fron­tier sys­tem lever­a­ges years of exas­ca­le tech­no­lo­gy invest­ments by DOE. The con­tract award inclu­des tech­no­lo­gy deve­lo­p­ment fun­ding, a cen­ter of excel­lence, several ear­ly-deli­very sys­tems, the main Fron­tier sys­tem and mul­ti-year sys­tems sup­port. 

Fron­tier repres­ents the sta­te-of-the art in high-per­for­mance com­pu­ting. Designing and stan­ding up a machi­ne of its scope requi­res working clo­se­ly with indus­try, part­ners­hips which not only enab­le bre­akthrough sci­ence but also ensu­re Ame­ri­can sci­en­ti­fic and eco­no­mic com­pe­ti­ti­ve­ness on the glo­bal sta­ge,” said Jeff Nichols, asso­cia­te labo­ra­to­ry direc­tor for Com­pu­ting and Com­pu­ta­tio­nal Sci­en­ces, ORNL. “We are deligh­ted to work with AMD to inte­gra­te the CPU and GPU tech­no­lo­gies that enab­le this extre­me­ly capa­ble acce­le­ra­ted node archi­tec­tu­re.”

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About AMD

For 50 years AMD has dri­ven inno­va­ti­on in high-per­for­mance com­pu­ting, gra­phics and visua­liz­a­ti­on tech­no­lo­gies ― the buil­ding blocks for gaming, immer­si­ve plat­forms and the dat­a­cen­ter. Hund­reds of mil­li­ons of con­su­mers, lea­ding For­tu­ne 500 busi­nes­ses and cut­ting-edge sci­en­ti­fic rese­arch faci­li­ties around the world rely on AMD tech­no­lo­gy dai­ly to impro­ve how they live, work and play. AMD employees around the world are focu­sed on buil­ding gre­at pro­ducts that push the bounda­ries of what is pos­si­ble. For more infor­ma­ti­on about how AMD is enab­ling today and inspi­ring tomor­row, visit the AMD (NASDAQ:AMDweb­siteblogFace­book and Twit­ter pages. 


Cau­tio­na­ry State­ment

This press release con­tains for­ward-loo­king state­ments con­cer­ning Advan­ced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) inclu­ding the fea­tures, func­tio­n­a­li­ty, avai­la­bi­li­ty, timing, deploy­ment and expec­ta­ti­ons of an EPYC™ and Rade­on™ based exas­ca­le sys­tem, which are made pur­suant to the Safe Har­bor pro­vi­si­ons of the Pri­va­te Secu­ri­ties Liti­ga­ti­on Reform Act of 1995. For­ward-loo­king state­ments are com­mon­ly iden­ti­fied by words such as “would,” “intends,” “belie­ves,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “intends,” “plans,” “pro for­ma,” “esti­ma­tes,” “anti­ci­pa­tes,” or the nega­ti­ve of the­se words and phra­ses, other varia­ti­ons of the­se words and phra­ses or com­pa­ra­ble ter­mi­no­lo­gy. Inves­tors are cau­tio­ned that the for­ward-loo­king state­ments in this docu­ment are based on cur­rent beliefs, assump­ti­ons and expec­ta­ti­ons, speak only as of the date of this docu­ment and invol­ve risks and uncer­tain­ties that could cau­se actu­al results to dif­fer mate­ri­al­ly from cur­rent expec­ta­ti­ons. Such state­ments are sub­ject to cer­tain known and unknown risks and uncer­tain­ties, many of which are dif­fi­cult to pre­dict and gene­ral­ly bey­ond AMD’s con­trol, that could cau­se actu­al results and other future events to dif­fer mate­ri­al­ly from tho­se expres­sed in, or implied or pro­jec­ted by, the for­ward-loo­king infor­ma­ti­on and state­ments. Mate­ri­al fac­tors that could cau­se actu­al results to dif­fer mate­ri­al­ly from cur­rent expec­ta­ti­ons inclu­de, without limi­ta­ti­on, the fol­lowing: Intel Corporation’s domi­nan­ce of the micro­pro­ces­sor mar­ket and its aggres­si­ve busi­ness prac­ti­ces may limit AMD’s abi­li­ty to com­pe­te effec­tively; AMD has a wafer sup­ply agree­ment with GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. (GF) with obli­ga­ti­ons to purcha­se all of its micro­pro­ces­sor and APU pro­duct requi­re­ments, and a cer­tain por­ti­on of its GPU pro­duct requi­re­ments, manu­fac­tu­red at pro­cess nodes lar­ger than 7 nano­me­ter from GF with limi­ted excep­ti­ons. If GF is not able to satisfy AMD’s manu­fac­tu­ring requi­re­ments, AMD’s busi­ness could be adver­se­ly impac­ted; AMD reli­es on third par­ties to manu­fac­tu­re its pro­ducts, and if they are unab­le to do so on a time­ly basis in suf­fi­ci­ent quan­ti­ties and using com­pe­ti­ti­ve tech­no­lo­gies, AMD’s busi­ness could be mate­ri­al­ly adver­se­ly affec­ted; fail­u­re to achie­ve expec­ted manu­fac­tu­ring yiel­ds for AMD’s pro­ducts could nega­tively impact its finan­cial results; the suc­cess of AMD’s busi­ness is depen­dent upon its abi­li­ty to intro­du­ce pro­ducts on a time­ly basis with fea­tures and per­for­mance levels that pro­vi­de value to its cus­to­mers while sup­por­ting and coin­ci­ding with signi­fi­cant indus­try tran­si­ti­ons; if AMD can­not gene­ra­te suf­fi­ci­ent reve­nue and ope­ra­ting cash flow or obtain exter­nal finan­cing, it may face a cash short­fall and be unab­le to make all of its plan­ned invest­ments in rese­arch and deve­lo­p­ment or other stra­te­gic invest­ments; the loss of a signi­fi­cant cus­to­mer may have a mate­ri­al adver­se effect on AMD; AMD’s rece­i­pt of reve­nue from its semi-cus­tom SoC pro­ducts is depen­dent upon its tech­no­lo­gy being desi­gned into third-par­ty pro­ducts and the suc­cess of tho­se pro­ducts; glo­bal eco­no­mic and mar­ket uncer­tain­ty may adver­se­ly impact AMD’s busi­ness and ope­ra­ting results; AMD’s pro­ducts may be sub­ject to secu­ri­ty vul­nera­bi­li­ties that could have a mate­ri­al adver­se effect on AMD; IT outa­ges, data loss, data breaches and cyber-attacks could com­pro­mi­se AMD’s intel­lec­tu­al pro­per­ty or other sen­si­ti­ve infor­ma­ti­on, be cos­t­ly to reme­dia­te and cau­se signi­fi­cant dama­ge to its busi­ness, repu­ta­ti­on and ope­ra­ti­ons; AMD’s ope­ra­ting results are sub­ject to quar­ter­ly and sea­so­nal sales pat­terns; AMD may not be able to gene­ra­te suf­fi­ci­ent cash to ser­vice its debt obli­ga­ti­ons or meet its working capi­tal requi­re­ments; AMD has a lar­ge amount of indeb­ted­ness which could adver­se­ly affect its finan­cial posi­ti­on and pre­vent it from imple­men­ting its stra­te­gy or ful­fil­ling its con­trac­tu­al obli­ga­ti­ons; the agree­ments gover­ning AMD’s notes and the Secu­red Revol­ving Line of Credit impo­se restric­tions on AMD that may adver­se­ly affect AMD’s abi­li­ty to ope­ra­te its busi­ness; the mar­kets in which AMD’s pro­ducts are sold are high­ly com­pe­ti­ti­ve; AMD’s world­wi­de ope­ra­ti­ons are sub­ject to poli­ti­cal, legal and eco­no­mic risks and natu­ral dis­as­ters, which could have a mate­ri­al adver­se effect on it; the con­ver­si­on of the 2.125% Con­ver­ti­ble Seni­or Notes due 2026 may dilu­te the owners­hip inte­rest of AMD’s exis­ting stock­hol­ders, or may other­wi­se depress the pri­ce of its com­mon stock; uncer­tain­ties invol­ving the orde­ring and ship­ment of AMD’s pro­ducts could mate­ri­al­ly adver­se­ly affect it; the demand for AMD’s pro­ducts depends in part on the mar­ket con­di­ti­ons in the indus­tries into which they are sold. Fluc­tua­tions in demand for AMD’s pro­ducts or a mar­ket decli­ne in any of the­se indus­tries could have a mate­ri­al adver­se effect on its results of ope­ra­ti­ons; AMD’s abi­li­ty to design and intro­du­ce new pro­ducts in a time­ly man­ner is depen­dent upon third-par­ty intel­lec­tu­al pro­per­ty; AMD depends on third-par­ty com­pa­nies for the design, manu­fac­tu­re and sup­ply of mother­boards, soft­ware and other com­pu­ter plat­form com­pon­ents to sup­port its busi­ness; if AMD loses Micro­soft Corporation’s sup­port for its pro­ducts or other soft­ware ven­dors do not design and deve­lop soft­ware to run on AMD’s pro­ducts, its abi­li­ty to sell its pro­ducts could be mate­ri­al­ly adver­se­ly affec­ted; AMD’s reli­an­ce on third-par­ty dis­tri­bu­tors and add-in-board part­ners sub­jects it to cer­tain risks.  Inves­tors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncer­tain­ties in AMD’s Secu­ri­ties and Exchan­ge Com­mis­si­on filings, inclu­ding but not limi­ted to AMD’s Quar­ter­ly Report on Form 10‑Q for the quar­ter ended March 30, 2019.

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