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AMD to Power Cray’s ARCHER2 Supercomputer in the UK

Following a procurement exercise, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are pleased to announce that Cray, an HPE company, has been awarded the contract to supply the hardware for the next national supercomputer, ARCHER2. Powered by AMD EPYC processors, ARCHER2 will be deployed at the University of Edinburgh. “Needless to say, ARCHER2 represents a significant step forwards in capability for the UK science community, with the system expected to sit among the fastest fully general purpose (CPU only) systems when it comes into service in May 2020.”

NERSC Unveils Mural for pending Perlmutter Supercomputer

NERSC has unveiled the mural that will grace the cabinets of the Perlmutter supercomputer that will be installed at Berkeley Lab in 2020. “The mural pays tribute to the system’s namesake, Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter. The Berkeley Lab physicist led the team whose work at NERSC contributed to the Nobel prize-winning insight that the universe’s expansion is speeding up. The resulting efforts to explain this acceleration led to today’s model of a universe dominated by dark energy and dark matter.”

Reflections on Deep Learning, DNNs, and AI on Wall Street

In this special guest feature, Bob Fletcher from Verne Global reflects on the recent HPC and AI on Wall Street conference. “Almost every organization at the event talked about their use of machine learning and some indicated what would make them extend it into full-scale deep learning. The most important criteria were the appropriateness of the DNN training techniques.”

2nd Generation AMD EPYC Processors: The New Standard for the Modern Data Center

Andy Parma from AMD gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors are a new breed of server processors which sets a higher standard for data centers. Groundbreaking design makes AMD EPYC #1 in performance across industry standard benchmarks1, holding 80 world records to date.9. Performance you can count on to propel your modern data center workloads.”

New Liquid Cooled AMD EPYC 7H12 Processor Breaks Performance Records

Today AMD announced a new addition to the 2nd Generation AMD EPYC family, the AMD EPYC 7H12 processor. The 64 core/128 thread, 2.6Ghz base frequency, 3.3Ghz max boost frequency, 280W TDP processor is specifically built for HPC customers and workloads, using liquid cooling to deliver leadership supercomputing performance. “In an ATOS testing on their BullSequana XH2000, the new AMD EPYC 7H12 processor has set four new world-records in server performance. With a LINPACK score of ~ 4.2 TeraFLOPS, the new chip performs ~11% better than the AMD EPYC 7742 processor.”

Dell EMC steps up with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors

Dell EMC has launched new Ready Solutions for HPC with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors, offer improved performance for workloads such as computational fluid dynamics, climate and weather modeling. In recent testing, the PowerEdge C6525 delivered weather modeling results in half the time as previous generation AMD EPYC processor-based servers for faster severe storm notification. “Engineered to unlock the full potential of 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors, the new servers offer customers improved performance and an easier to manage and secure platform.”

AMD: Delivering the Future of High-Performance Computing

Dr. Lisa Su from AMD gave this talk at the recent DARPA Electronics Resurgence Initiative Summit. “Optimum system performance requires co-design of silicon chips, system architecture, and software. She presented the example of the Frontier exascale computer system being developed for Oak Ridge National Lab, which should exhibit 1.5 exaflops by 2021. While the highest-performance chips and systems will initially be limited to the most expensive machines, it is expected that similar technology will become available within a few years in data centers, edge computers, and even mobile devices.”

Radio Free HPC Recaps the Hot Chips Conference

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team is joined by Glenn Heinle to review the highlights of the Hot Chips conference. “Since it started in 1989, HOT CHIPS has been known as one of the semiconductor industry’s leading conferences on high-performance microprocessors and related integrated circuits. The conference is held once a year in August in the center of the world’s capital of electronics activity, Silicon Valley.”

Podcast: AMD is Back to Glory Days wit Rome CPU

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks into the AMD Rome CPU, a beast that brings back the glory days of Opteron and establishes itself as the chip to have, and establishes AMD as the company to beat. After that, they kick off their new regular segment: Henry Newman’s Feel-Good Security Corner.

OSS Steps Up with AMD EPYC 7002 Series Processor for ‘AI on the Fly’

One Stop Systems just unveiled its comprehensive portfolio of PCIe Gen 4 expansion building blocks supporting servers based on the new AMD EPYC 7002 processor. “We are pleased to work with AMD to lead the market transition to PCIe Gen 4 by delivering flexible and scalable expansion platforms complementary to AMD EPYC 7002 based servers.”