AMD EPYC™ Processors Picked by Argonne National Laboratory to Prepare for Exascale Future

- The new Pola­ris super­com­pu­ter will opti­mi­ze AI, engi­nee­ring, and sci­en­ti­fic pro­jects for forth­co­m­ing exas­ca­le super­com­pu­ter at Argon­ne Natio­nal Laboratory -

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) announ­ced that the U.S. Depart­ment of Energy’s (DOE) Argon­ne Natio­nal Labo­ra­to­ry (Argon­ne) has cho­sen AMD EPYC™ pro­ces­sors to power a new super­com­pu­ter, cal­led Pola­ris, which will pre­pa­re rese­ar­chers for the forth­co­m­ing exas­ca­le super­com­pu­ter at Argon­ne cal­led Auro­ra. Pola­ris is built by Hew­lett Packard Enter­pri­se (HPE), will use 2nd Gen EPYC pro­ces­sors and then upgrade to 3rd Gen AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors, and will allow sci­en­tists and deve­lo­pers to test and opti­mi­ze soft­ware codes and app­li­ca­ti­ons to tack­le a ran­ge of AI, engi­nee­ring, and sci­en­ti­fic projects.

AMD EPYC ser­ver pro­ces­sors con­ti­nue to be the lea­ding choice for modern HPC rese­arch, deli­vering the per­for­mance and capa­bi­li­ties nee­ded to help sol­ve the com­plex pro­blems that pre-exas­ca­le and exas­ca­le com­pu­ting will address,” said For­rest Nor­rod, seni­or vice pre­si­dent and gene­ral mana­ger, Dat­a­cen­ter and Embed­ded Solu­ti­ons Busi­ness Group, AMD. “We are extre­me­ly proud to sup­port Argon­ne Natio­nal Labo­ra­to­ry and their cri­ti­cal rese­arch into are­as inclu­ding low car­bon tech­no­lo­gies, medi­cal rese­arch, astro­no­my, solar power and more as we draw clo­ser to the exas­ca­le era.”


Pola­ris will use the AMD EPYC 7532 and EPYC 7543 pro­ces­sors, and NVIDIA® A100 Ten­sor Core GPUs, to deli­ver appro­xi­mate­ly 44 peta­flops of peak dou­ble pre­cisi­on per­for­mance, which is 4x fas­ter than Argonne’s cur­rent supercomputers.

Initi­al­ly, Pola­ris will be used by rese­arch teams par­ti­ci­pa­ting in initia­ti­ves such as the DOE’s Exas­ca­le Com­pu­ting Pro­ject and the ALCF’s Ear­ly Sci­ence Pro­gram. User com­mu­nities wit­hin the DOE’s Exas­ca­le Com­pu­ting Pro­ject will also use Pola­ris for opti­mi­zing engi­nee­ring tasks for Argonne’s forth­co­m­ing exas­ca­le super­com­pu­ter, which inclu­des sca­ling of com­bi­ned CPU and GPU-enab­led sys­tems and the inte­gra­ti­on of work­flows com­bi­ning mode­ling, simu­la­ti­on, AI and other data-inten­si­ve components.

Pola­ris is sche­du­led to be deli­ve­r­ed and instal­led in August 2021 and will go into use star­ting ear­ly 2022. The broa­der HPC com­mu­ni­ty will access the sys­tem in spring of 2022 to pre­pa­re workloads for the next genera­ti­on of DOE’s HPC resources.

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