Radio Free HPC Looks at the New Power9, Titan V, and Snapdragon 845

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at all new fast devices that came to market this week for HPC.

IBM Power9 Servers are here! Launched this week, the AC922 POWER9 servers will form the basis of the world’s fastest “Coral” supercomputers coming to ORNL and LLNL. Built specifically for compute-intensive AI workloads, the new POWER9 systems are capable of improving the training times of deep learning frameworks by nearly 4x allowing enterprises to build more accurate AI applications, faster.

Node Specifications for Summit supercomputer currently under installation at ORNL:

  • 2x IBM POWER8+ CPU
  • 32x 8GB DDR4 memory (256 GB)
  • 10 cores per POWER8+, each core with 8 HW threads
  • 4x NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs
  • NVLink 1.0 connects GPUs at 80 GB/s
  • 16 GB HBM2 memory per GPU
  • 2x Mellanox EDR InfiniBand
  • 1600 GB NVMe storage

Summit Early Evaluation System

Other HPC Developments this week include:

  • NVIDIA Titan V brings Volta to the Desktop. Not to be outdone, NVIDIA introduced their new high end TITAN V GPU for desktop PCs. Powered by the Volta architecture, TITAN V excels at computational processing for scientific simulation. Its 21.1 billion transistors deliver 110 teraflops of raw horsepower, 9x that of its predecessor, and extreme energy efficiency.
  • Snapdragon 845 chip based on the ARM architecture brings AI inference to your smartphone. With A75 CPU cores clocking as high as 2.8 GHz, the new architecture also enables it to maintain the same level of performance with a 30% power reduction.

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

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