Next-Generation AMD EPYC™ CPUs and Radeon™ Instinct GPUs Enable El Capitan Supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to Break 2 Exaflops Barrier

— Col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with HPE tar­gets lea­ders­hip HPC and AI pro­ces­sing per­for­mance star­ting in ear­ly 2023 —

— El Capi­tan is set to be the second all AMD CPU and GPU exas­ca­le sys­tem in the U.S., and is expec­ted to be more power­ful than today’s 200 fas­test super­com­pu­ters com­bi­ned —

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today joi­ned Law­rence Liver­mo­re Natio­nal Labo­ra­to­ry (LLNL) and HPE, in announ­cing that El Capi­tan, the upco­m­ing exas­ca­le class super­com­pu­ter at LLNL, will be powe­red by next genera­ti­on AMD EPYC™ CPUs, AMD Rade­on™ Instinct GPUs and open source AMD ROCm hete­ro­ge­ne­ous com­pu­ting soft­ware. 

With deli­very expec­ted in ear­ly 2023, the El Capi­tan sys­tem is expec­ted to be the world’s fas­test super­com­pu­ter with more than 2 exa­flops of dou­ble pre­cisi­on per­for­mance. This record set­ting per­for­mance will sup­port Natio­nal Nuclear Secu­ri­ty Admi­nis­tra­ti­on requi­re­ments for its pri­ma­ry mis­si­on of ensu­ring the safe­ty, secu­ri­ty and relia­bi­li­ty of the nation’s nuclear stock­pi­le.

The AMD based nodes will be opti­mi­zed to acce­le­ra­te arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence (AI) and machi­ne lear­ning (ML) workloads to poten­ti­al­ly enab­le the expan­ded use of AI and ML into the rese­arch, com­pu­ta­tio­nal tech­ni­ques and ana­ly­sis that bene­fits NNSA mis­si­ons.

El Capi­tan will dri­ve unpre­ce­den­ted advan­ce­ments in HPC and AI, powe­red by the next genera­ti­on AMD EPYC CPUs and Rade­on Instinct GPUs,” said For­rest Nor­rod, seni­or vice pre­si­dent and gene­ral mana­ger, Dat­a­cen­ter and Embed­ded Sys­tems Group, AMD. “Buil­ding on our strong foun­da­ti­on in high-per­for­mance com­pu­ting and adding trans­for­ma­ti­ve cohe­ren­cy capa­bi­li­ties, AMD is enab­ling the NNSA Tri-Lab community—LLNL and the Los Ala­mos and San­dia natio­nal laboratories—to achie­ve their mis­si­on cri­ti­cal objec­ti­ves and con­tri­bu­te new AI advan­ce­ments to the indus­try. We are extre­me­ly proud to con­ti­nue our exas­ca­le work with HPE and NNSA and look for­ward to the deli­very of the most power­ful super­com­pu­ter in the world expec­ted in ear­ly 2023.”

AMD Tech­no­lo­gy Powe­ring El Capi­tan
AMD is app­ly­ing its expe­ri­ence from the high-per­for­mance com­pu­ting indus­try and advan­cing its exis­ting CPU and GPU designs for El Capi­tan, enab­ling the sys­tem to be archi­tec­ted for maxi­mum per­for­mance and ease of use.

AMD tech­no­lo­gy wit­hin El Capi­tan inclu­des:

  • Next genera­ti­on AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors, code­n­a­med “Gen­oa” fea­turing the “Zen 4” pro­ces­sor core. The­se pro­ces­sors will sup­port next genera­ti­on memo­ry and I/O sub sys­tems for AI and HPC workloads,
  • Next genera­ti­on Rade­on Instinct GPUs based on a new com­pu­te-opti­mi­zed archi­tec­tu­re for workloads inclu­ding HPC and AI. The­se GPUs will use the next- genera­ti­on high band­width memo­ry and are desi­gned for opti­mum deep lear­ning per­for­mance,
  • The 3rd Gen AMD Infi­ni­ty Archi­tec­tu­re, which will pro­vi­de a high-band­width, low laten­cy con­nec­tion bet­ween the four Rade­on Instinct GPUs and one AMD EPYC CPU inclu­ded in each node of El Capi­tan. As well, the 3rd Gen AMD Infi­ni­ty Archi­tec­tu­re inclu­des uni­fied memo­ry across the CPU and GPU, easing pro­grammer access to acce­le­ra­ted com­pu­ting,
  • An enhan­ced ver­si­on of the open source ROCm hete­ro­ge­nous pro­gramming envi­ron­ment, being deve­lo­ped to tap into the com­bi­ned per­for­mance of AMD CPUs and GPUs, unlo­cking maxi­mum per­for­mance.

This unpre­ce­den­ted com­pu­ting capa­bi­li­ty, powe­red by advan­ced CPU and GPU tech­no­lo­gy from AMD, will sus­tain America’s posi­ti­on on the glo­bal sta­ge in high per­for­mance com­pu­ting and pro­vi­de an obser­v­a­ble examp­le of the com­mit­ment of the coun­try to main­tai­ning an unpar­al­leled nuclear deter­rent,” said LLNL Lab Direc­tor Bill Gold­stein. “Today’s news pro­vi­des a prime examp­le of how government and indus­try can work tog­e­ther for the bene­fit of the ent­i­re nati­on.”

We are plea­sed to part­ner with AMD to bring tog­e­ther HPE’s Cray Shas­ta archi­tec­tu­re with latest AMD EPYC CPUs and Rade­on Instinct GPUs and pro­vi­de lea­ders­hip tech­no­lo­gy in sup­port of the mis­si­on cri­ti­cal HPC and AI workloads for Law­rence Liver­mo­re Natio­nal Labo­ra­to­ry,” said Peter Unga­ro, seni­or vice pre­si­dent and gene­ral mana­ger, HPC and Mis­si­on Cri­ti­cal Solu­ti­ons (MCS) at HPE. “In our three U.S. exas­ca­le wins this last year, which inclu­des the U.S. Depart­ment of Energy’s Fron­tier at Oak Ridge Natio­nal Labo­ra­to­ry, the HPE sys­tems and tech­no­lo­gies along with AMD pro­ces­sors and GPUs have beco­me a uni­que solu­ti­on for high-per­for­mance and exas­ca­le-class com­pu­ting and we look for­ward to con­ti­nuing our col­la­bo­ra­ti­on to fur­ther bols­ter inno­va­ti­on.”

Addi­tio­nal Resour­ces

About AMD
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