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    The history of the computing industry is one of constant progress. Processors get faster, storage gets cheaper, and memory gets denser. We see the repercussions of this advancement through all aspects of society, and that extends to the top as well, where national governments continue to invest in bigger and better supercomputers. One part technological necessity and one part technological race, the exascale era of supercomputers is about to begin, as orders for the first exaFLOP-capable are now going out. It’s only fitting then that this morning the United States Department of Energy is announcing the contract for their fastest supercomputer yet, the Frontier system, which will be built by Cray and AMD.




     






    Source: https://www.anandtech.com/show/14302...d-1-5-exaflops




     




    Frontier will be rated at 1.5 exaflops, running off Epyc and Instinct. Aurora is rated at 1.0 exaflops, running off Xeon and Xe. Both systems will be built by Cray for delivery in 2021. It is interesting the GPUs in both cases are still somewhat unknown to us. 




     




    nvidia is present in the current Summit supercomputer from 2018 with Volta GPUs, paired with Power CPUs. 




     




    Anandtech speculates the wins for Intel and AMD looking forward are due to them being able to offer both CPUs and GPUs, so architecture support would be to the same source on each system.




     




    This doesn't directly affect the people who frequent this forum, many of which are trying to get adequate performance on minimal hardware costs. It could still indirectly benefit, in that this should give AMD a good chunk of profit and help secure their position to deliver across all areas. If this is a trend, where would that leave nvidia? There isn't a meaningful 3rd x86 player they could swallow up, unless they go to other architectures.




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