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AMD and Penguin Computing Upgrade Corona Supercomputer to fight COVID-19

Today Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Penguin Computing, and AMD announced an agreement to upgrade the Lab’s unclassified Corona HPC cluster with AMD Instinct accelerators, expected to nearly double the peak performance of the machine. The system will be used by the COVID-19 HPC Consortium, a nationwide public-private partnership that is providing free computing time and resources to scientists around the country engaged in the fight against the coronavirus.

AMD Powers Corona Cluster for HPC Analytics at Livermore

Lawrence Livermore National Lab has deployed a 170-node HPC cluster from Penguin Computing. Based on AMD EPYC processors and Radeon Instinct GPUs, the new Corona cluster will be used to support the NNSA Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program in an unclassified site dedicated to partnerships with American industry. “Even as we do more of our computing on GPUs, many of our codes have serial aspects that need really good single core performance. That lines up well with AMD EPYC.”