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  • AMD will build a computer for half a billion dollars

    While gamers measure the number of "parrots" in synthetic benchmarks, major vendors compete in completely different categories. AMD, in partnership with Cray Computing, announced the creation of a computer that can beat the performance of any flagship desktops based on the most modern hardware from Intel and NVIDIA.


    The computing power of the new product called Frontier will be 1.5 exaflops — 7.5 times more than that of the solution from IBM, which occupies the first place in the top 500 actual supercomputers. For comparison, the capabilities of the graphics processor NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 are "only" 14 teraflops. The new product will be used for a wide range of simulations and experiments based on machine learning technologies.

    It is reported that the Frontier will include consumer versions of AMD EPYC processors and Radeon Instinct graphics adapters connected using AMD Infinity Fabric technology. The Slingshot interconnects from Cray, which has a transfer rate of up to 200 Gbit/s per port, will connect the nodes of the system. To accommodate the Assembly will require 100 separate cabinets with a total area of about 678 square meters. The estimated power consumption of the supercomputer will be from 30 to 40 MW.


    It is expected that the project worth $ 500 million will be put into operation in 2021. Additional costs for research and development will amount to about $ 100 million. In the same year, it is planned to launch the Aurora supercomputer based on Intel Xeon SP processors and Intel Xe GPUs with a computing power of 1 exaflop.

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