U.S. Department of Energy and Cray to Deliver Record-Setting Frontier Supercomputer at ORN

Exascale system expected to be world셲 most powerful computer for science and innovation

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 7, 2019봗he U.S. Depart짯ment of Ener짯gy today announ짯ced a con짯tract with Cray Inc. to build the Fron짯tier super짯com짯pu짯ter at Oak Ridge Natio짯nal Labo짯ra짯to짯ry, which is anti짯ci짯pa짯ted to debut in 2021 as the world셲 most powerful com짯pu짯ter with a per짯for짯mance of grea짯ter than 1.5 exaflops.

Sche짯du짯led for deli짯very in 2021, Fron짯tier will acce짯le짯ra짯te inno짯va짯ti짯on in sci짯ence and tech짯no짯lo짯gy and main짯tain U.S. lea짯der짯ship in high-per짯for짯mance com짯pu짯ting and arti짯fi짯ci짯al intel짯li짯gence. The total con짯tract award is valued at more than $600 mil짯li짯on for the sys짯tem and tech짯no짯lo짯gy deve짯lo짯p짯ment.  The sys짯tem will be based on Cray셲 new Shas짯ta archi짯tec짯tu짯re and Slingshot inter짯con짯nect and will fea짯ture high-per짯for짯mance AMD EPYC CPU and AMD Rade짯on Instinct GPU technology.

By sol짯ving cal짯cu짯la짯ti짯ons up to 50 times fas짯ter than today셲 top supercomputers봢xceeding a quin짯til짯li짯on, or 1018, cal짯cu짯la짯ti짯ons per second봃rontier will enable rese짯ar짯chers to deli짯ver breakth짯roughs in sci짯en짯ti짯fic dis짯co짯very, ener짯gy assu짯rance, eco짯no짯mic com짯pe짯ti짯ti짯ve짯ness, and natio짯nal secu짯ri짯ty. As a second-gene짯ra짯ti짯on AI system봣ollowing the world-lea짯ding Sum짯mit sys짯tem deploy짯ed at ORNL in 2018봃rontier will pro짯vi짯de new capa짯bi짯li짯ties for deep lear짯ning, machi짯ne lear짯ning and data ana짯ly짯tics for appli짯ca짯ti짯ons ran짯ging from manu짯fac짯tu짯ring to human health.

Frontier셲 record-brea짯king per짯for짯mance will ensu짯re our country셲 abili짯ty to lead the world in sci짯ence that impro짯ves the lives and eco짯no짯mic pro짯spe짯ri짯ty of all Ame짯ri짯cans and the enti짯re world, said U.S. Secre짯ta짯ry of Ener짯gy Rick Per짯ry. 쏤ron짯tier will acce짯le짯ra짯te inno짯va짯ti짯on in AI by giving Ame짯ri짯can rese짯ar짯chers world-class data and com짯pu짯ting resour짯ces to ensu짯re the next gre짯at inven짯ti짯ons are made in the United States.

Sin짯ce 2005, Oak Ridge Natio짯nal Labo짯ra짯to짯ry has deploy짯ed Jagu짯ar, Titan, and Sum짯mit, each the world셲 fas짯test com짯pu짯ter in its time. The com짯bi짯na짯ti짯on of tra짯di짯tio짯nal pro짯ces짯sors with gra짯phics pro짯ces짯sing units to acce짯le짯ra짯te the per짯for짯mance of lea짯der짯ship-class sci짯en짯ti짯fic super짯com짯pu짯ters is an approach pio짯nee짯red by ORNL and its part짯ners and suc짯cessful짯ly demons짯tra짯ted through ORNL셲 No.1 ran짯ked Titan and Sum짯mit supercomputers. 

ORNL셲 visi짯on is to sus짯tain the nation셲 pree짯mi짯nence in sci짯ence and tech짯no짯lo짯gy by deve짯lo짯ping and deploy짯ing lea짯der짯ship com짯pu짯ting for rese짯arch and inno짯va짯ti짯on at an unpre짯ce짯den짯ted sca짯le, said ORNL Direc짯tor Tho짯mas Zacha짯ria. 쏤ron짯tier fol짯lows the well-estab짯lished com짯pu짯ting path char짯ted by ORNL and its part짯ners that will pro짯vi짯de the rese짯arch com짯mu짯ni짯ty with an exas짯ca짯le sys짯tem rea짯dy for sci짯ence on day one.

Rese짯ar짯chers with DOE셲 Exas짯ca짯le Com짯pu짯ting Pro짯ject are deve짯lo짯ping exas짯ca짯le sci짯en짯ti짯fic appli짯ca짯ti짯ons today on ORNL셲 200-peta짯flop Sum짯mit sys짯tem and will seam짯less짯ly tran짯si짯ti짯on their sci짯en짯ti짯fic appli짯ca짯ti짯ons to Fron짯tier in 2021. In addi짯ti짯on, the lab셲 Cen짯ter for Acce짯le짯ra짯ted Appli짯ca짯ti짯on Rea짯di짯ness is now accep짯ting pro짯po짯sals from sci짯en짯tists to prepa짯re their codes to run on Frontier.

Rese짯ar짯chers will harness Frontier셲 powerful archi짯tec짯tu짯re to advan짯ce sci짯ence in such appli짯ca짯ti짯ons as sys짯tems bio짯lo짯gy, mate짯ri짯als sci짯ence, ener짯gy pro짯duc짯tion, addi짯ti짯ve manu짯fac짯tu짯ring and health data sci짯ence. Visit the Fron짯tier web짯site to learn more about what rese짯ar짯chers plan to accom짯plish in the짯se and other sci짯en짯ti짯fic fields.

Fron짯tier will offer best-in-class tra짯di짯tio짯nal sci짯en짯ti짯fic mode짯ling and simu짯la짯ti짯on capa짯bi짯li짯ties while also lea짯ding the world in arti짯fi짯ci짯al intel짯li짯gence and data ana짯ly짯tics. Clo짯se짯ly inte짯gra짯ting arti짯fi짯ci짯al intel짯li짯gence with data ana짯ly짯tics and mode짯ling and simu짯la짯ti짯on will dra짯sti짯cal짯ly redu짯ce the time to dis짯co짯very by auto짯ma짯ti짯cal짯ly reco짯gni짯zing pat짯terns in data and gui짯ding simu짯la짯ti짯ons bey짯ond the limits of tra짯di짯tio짯nal approaches.

We are hono짯red to be part of this his짯to짯ric moment as we embark on sup짯port짯ing extre짯me-sca짯le sci짯en짯ti짯fic endea짯vors to deli짯ver the next U.S. exas짯ca짯le super짯com짯pu짯ter to the Depart짯ment of Ener짯gy and ORNL, said Peter Unga짯ro, pre짯si짯dent and CEO of Cray. 쏤ron짯tier will incor짯po짯ra짯te foun짯da짯tio짯nal new tech짯no짯lo짯gies from Cray and AMD that will enable the new exas짯ca짯le era봠haracterized by data-inten짯si짯ve workloads and the con짯ver짯gence of mode짯ling, simu짯la짯ti짯on, ana짯ly짯tics, and AI for sci짯en짯ti짯fic dis짯co짯very, engi짯nee짯ring and digi짯tal transformation.

Fron짯tier will incor짯po짯ra짯te seve짯ral novel tech짯no짯lo짯gies co-desi짯gned spe짯ci짯fi짯cal짯ly to deli짯ver a balan짯ced sci짯en짯ti짯fic capa짯bi짯li짯ty for the user com짯mu짯ni짯ty. The sys짯tem will be com짯po짯sed of more than 100 Cray Shas짯ta cabi짯nets with high den짯si짯ty com짯pu짯te blades powered by HPC and AI- opti짯mi짯zed AMD EPYC pro짯ces짯sors and Rade짯on Instinct GPU acce짯le짯ra짯tors pur짯po짯se-built for the needs of exas짯ca짯le com짯pu짯ting. The new acce짯le짯ra짯tor-cen짯tric com짯pu짯te blades will sup짯port a 4:1 GPU to CPU ratio with high speed AMD Infi짯ni짯ty Fabric links and coher짯ent memo짯ry bet짯ween them within the node. Each node will have one Cray Slingshot inter짯con짯nect net짯work port for every GPU with stream짯li짯ned com짯mu짯ni짯ca짯ti짯on bet짯ween the GPUs and net짯work to enable opti짯mal per짯for짯mance for high-per짯for짯mance com짯pu짯ting and AI workloads at exascale.

To make this per짯for짯mance seam짯less to con짯su짯me by deve짯lo짯pers, Cray and AMD are co-desig짯ning and deve짯lo짯ping enhan짯ced GPU pro짯gramming tools opti짯mi짯zed for per짯for짯mance, pro짯duc짯ti짯vi짯ty and por짯ta짯bi짯li짯ty. This will include new capa짯bi짯li짯ties in the Cray Pro짯gramming Envi짯ron짯ment and AMD셲 ROCm open com짯pu짯te plat짯form that will be inte짯gra짯ted tog짯e짯ther into the Cray Shas짯ta soft짯ware stack for Frontier.

AMD is proud to be working with Cray, Oak Ridge Natio짯nal Labo짯ra짯to짯ry and the Depart짯ment of Ener짯gy to push the boun짯da짯ries of high per짯for짯mance com짯pu짯ting with Fron짯tier, said Lisa Su, AMD pre짯si짯dent and CEO. 쏷oday셲 announce짯ment repres짯ents the power of col짯la짯bo짯ra짯ti짯on bet짯ween pri짯va짯te indus짯try and public rese짯arch insti짯tu짯ti짯ons to deli짯ver ground짯brea짯king inno짯va짯tions that sci짯en짯tists can use to sol짯ve some of the world셲 big짯gest problems.

Fron짯tier lever짯a짯ges a deca짯de of exas짯ca짯le tech짯no짯lo짯gy invest짯ments by DOE. The con짯tract award includes tech짯no짯lo짯gy deve짯lo짯p짯ment fun짯ding, a cen짯ter of excel짯lence, seve짯ral ear짯ly-deli짯very sys짯tems, the main Fron짯tier sys짯tem, and mul짯ti-year sys짯tems sup짯port. The Fron짯tier sys짯tem is expec짯ted to be deli짯ver짯ed in 2021, and accep짯tance is anti짯ci짯pa짯ted in 2022. 

Fron짯tier will be part of the Oak Ridge Lea짯der짯ship Com짯pu짯ting Faci짯li짯ty, a DOE Office of Sci짯ence User Faci짯li짯ty. ORNL is mana짯ged by UT밄attelle for DOE셲 Office of Sci짯ence, the sin짯gle lar짯gest sup짯port짯er of basic rese짯arch in the phy짯si짯cal sci짯en짯ces in the United Sta짯tes. DOE셲 Office of Sci짯ence is working to address some of the most pres짯sing chal짯lenges of our time. For more infor짯ma짯ti짯on, plea짯se visit https://science.energy.gov/.