AMD Drives Leadership Performance and Energy Efficiency in Supercomputing

AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors and AMD Instinct acce­le­ra­tors powe­red 101 super­com­pu­ters in the latest Top500 list, a 38% incre­a­se year-over-year —

SANTA CLARA, Calif. 11/15/2022

At the Super­com­pu­ting Con­fe­rence 2022 (SC22)AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) show­ca­sed its con­ti­nued momen­tum and domi­na­ting pre­sence wit­hin the high per­for­mance com­pu­ting (HPC) indus­try. AMD EPYC™ CPUs and AMD Instinct™ acce­le­ra­tors con­ti­nue to be the pro­ces­sors of choice for the most deman­ding HPC workloads powe­ring the most com­plex simu­la­ti­ons and mode­ling tools.

Inno­va­ti­on in high per­for­mance com­pu­ting has a dra­ma­tic impact on socie­ty, advan­cing ground­brea­king rese­arch that has the poten­ti­al to vast­ly impro­ve qua­li­ty of life for peop­le ever­y­whe­re,” said For­rest Nor­rod, seni­or vice pre­si­dent and gene­ral mana­ger, Data Cen­ter Solu­ti­ons Group, AMD. “AMD is con­stant­ly inno­vat­ing and evol­ving our EPYC pro­ces­sors and Instinct acce­le­ra­tors to ensu­re sci­en­tists and rese­ar­chers working on sol­ving the world’s toughest chal­len­ges have the most cut­ting-edge tools for their research.”

Key Highlights in HPC

As seen in the latest Top500 list, AMD is dri­ving inno­va­ti­on in both per­for­mance and effi­ci­en­cy. The latest list inclu­des 101 super­com­pu­ters powe­red by AMD, com­pa­red to 73 on the Novem­ber 2021 list, repre­sen­ting a 38 per­cent incre­a­se year over year. The Fron­tier super­com­pu­ter, powe­red by AMD pro­ces­sors and AMD acce­le­ra­tors, at Oak Ridge Natio­nal Labo­ra­to­ry (ORNL), remains at the top of the Top500 list with 1.1 exa­flops. Fron­tier is more than twice as power­ful as the next sys­tem on the list and more power­ful than the next four sys­tems com­bi­ned. Final­ly, Frontier’s mixed-pre­cisi­on com­pu­ting per­for­mance clo­cked in at 7.94 exa­flops, as mea­su­red by the HPL-MxP Mixed-Pre­cisi­on Bench­mark. The Seto­nix sys­tem, powe­red by AMD EPYC CPUs and AMD Instinct acce­le­ra­tors, at the Paw­sey Super­com­pu­ting Cent­re, made it onto the Top500 list in the num­ber 15 slot with 27.2 petaflops.

Addi­tio­nal­ly, AMD powers 75 per­cent of the top 20 sys­tems on the Green500 list inclu­ding the num­ber two spot with the Fron­tier test and deve­lo­p­ment sys­tem (TDS) and the num­ber six spot with the full sys­tem. The Adas­tra super­com­pu­ter, pro­cu­red by GENCI, deli­ve­r­ed 58.02 gigaflops/watt and pla­ced third on the list. Adas­tra was the first super­com­pu­ting sys­tem to be powe­red by 4th Gen AMD EPYC CPUs and AMD Instinct MI250 accelerators.

In ear­ly 2023, GENCI, the French HPC/AI agen­cy, will deploy an addi­tio­nal sca­lar par­ti­ti­on to its HPE Cray EX400 super­com­pu­ter cal­led Adas­tra, hos­ted and ope­ra­ted at CINES (Mont­pel­lier),” said Phil­ip­pe Lavo­cat, CEO, GENCI. “This new par­ti­ti­on, pro­vi­ding 536 com­pu­te nodes, each with two 96-core 4th Gen AMD EPYC CPUs and 768 GB of DDR5 memo­ry will bene­fit from the latest inno­va­tions by AMD in core density/performance and ener­gy effi­ci­en­cy. This new par­ti­ti­on will ser­ve the needs of French sci­en­ti­fic and indus­tri­al user com­mu­nities in cli­ma­te, bio­lo­gy and medi­ci­ne, new ener­gies and materials.”

A Year of Industry Advancements and Ecosystem Wins

AMD con­ti­nues to build on its histo­ry of indus­try-firsts and deli­vering pro­ducts with bre­akthrough per­for­mance. Addi­tio­nal­ly, the company’s latest col­la­bo­ra­ti­ons have signi­fi­cant­ly advan­ced the HPC indus­try and demons­tra­ted the gro­wing pre­fe­rence for AMD pro­ces­sors and accelerators.

  • AMD announ­ced the 4th Gen AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors with up to 96-cores, 12 chan­nels and up to 384GB of DDR5 memo­ry, the latest EPYC pro­ces­sors can deli­ver the lea­ders­hip per­for­mance nee­ded for cri­ti­cal workloads in HPC[i].
  • HPE announ­ced the HPE Cray EX2500 and HPE Cray XD2000 super­com­pu­ters will sup­port 4th Gen AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors and AMD Instinct MI250X accelerators.
  • Leno­vo announ­ced that Pots­dam Insti­tu­te for Cli­ma­te Rese­arch (PIK) has selec­ted Lenovo’s HPC and Leno­vo Nep­tu­ne™ water coo­ling solu­ti­ons to deve­lop its next super­com­pu­ter, which will sup­port 4th Gen AMD EPYC processors.
  • Micro­soft announ­ced a Pre­view of new Vir­tu­al Machi­nes (VMs) for HPC. HBv4-seri­es VMs and the all new HX-seri­es VMs are both powe­red by 4th Gen AMD EPYC pro­ces­sors. Each will fea­ture AMD 3D V‑Cache™ Tech­no­lo­gy when they reach Gene­ral Avai­la­bi­li­ty in 2023. Micro­soft also announ­ced addi­tio­nal VMs and con­tai­ners using 4th Gen AMD EPYC are forthcoming.
  • DeVi­to col­la­bo­ra­ti­onwith AMD to sup­port HIP for AMD Instinct MI200 GPUs and AMD ROCm™ soft­ware, uplif­ting per­for­mance for DeVi­to customers.
  • AMD inno­va­tions were hono­red in five dif­fe­rent award cate­go­ries during the annu­al HPC­wire Rea­ders’ and Edi­tors’ Choice Awards, inclu­ding Top Super­com­pu­ting Achie­ve­ment and Best Sus­taina­bi­li­ty Inno­va­ti­on in HPC.

AMD Powering Open-Source AI

AMD acce­le­ra­tors are sup­por­ted by the ROCm open eco­sys­tem which smooths the pro­cess for sci­en­ti­fic dis­co­ve­ries by allowing inte­gra­ti­on with envi­ron­ments across mul­ti­ple ven­dors and archi­tec­tures. This year, AMD announ­ced expan­si­on of the AMD Instinct and ROCm eco­sys­tem, offe­ring exas­ca­le-class tech­no­lo­gy to a broad base of HPC and AI customers.

Addi­tio­nal­ly, AMD for­mal­ly joi­ned the PyTorch Foun­da­ti­on, ori­gi­nal­ly crea­ted by Meta AI, as a foun­ding mem­ber. The foun­da­ti­on, which will be part of the non-pro­fit Linux Foun­da­ti­on, will dri­ve adop­ti­on of AI too­ling by fos­te­ring and sus­tai­ning an eco­sys­tem of open-source pro­jects. Final­ly, Meta AI deve­lo­ped and open-sourced AITem­pla­te (AIT), a uni­fied infe­rence sys­tem that can be acce­le­ra­ted by AMD Instinct acce­le­ra­tors. AIT deli­vers clo­se to hard­ware-nati­ve matrix core per­for­mance on a varie­ty of wide­ly used AI models.

Visit the AMD booth #2417 at SC22 to learn more about AMD solu­ti­ons for HPC and speak with AMD experts.

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About AMD

For more than 50 years AMD has dri­ven inno­va­ti­on in high-per­for­mance com­pu­ting, gra­phics and visua­liz­a­ti­on tech­no­lo­gies. Bil­li­ons of peop­le, lea­ding For­tu­ne 500 busi­nes­ses and cut­ting-edge sci­en­ti­fic rese­arch insti­tu­ti­ons around the world rely on AMD tech­no­lo­gy dai­ly to impro­ve how they live, work and play. AMD employees are focu­sed on buil­ding lea­ders­hip high-per­for­mance and adap­ti­ve 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: AMDweb­siteblogLin­kedIn and Twit­ter pages.


[1] SP5-009C: SPECrate®2017_fp_base based on publis­hed scores from as of 11/10/2022. Con­fi­gu­ra­ti­ons: 2P AMD EPYC 9654 (1480 SPECrate®2017_fp_base, 192 total cores,–32605.html) is 2.52x the per­for­mance of publis­hed 2P Intel Xeon Pla­ti­num 8380 (587 SPECrate®2017_fp_base, 160 total cores,–32542.html). SPEC®, SPEC CPU®, and SPE­Cra­te® are regis­tered trade­marks of the Stan­dard Per­for­mance Eva­lua­ti­on Cor­po­ra­ti­on. See for more information.