AMD-based Frontier may become the first exaflops supercomputer in the US

AMD-based Frontier may become the first exaflops supercomputer in the US
The delay of Intel for a year with the transition to the 7-nm process, which entails the postponement of the output of the Intel Xe Ponte Vecchio GPU, calls into question the possibility of launching the Aurora supercomputer with an exaflops capacity at the scheduled time.

According to the schedule, Aurora, for which Ponte Vecchio is a key component, was to be installed at Argonne national laboratory next year. The Aurora system claimed to be the first exaflops supercomputer in the United States, although another powerful Frontier supercomputer was scheduled to be delivered to Oak ridge national laboratory in 2021. There are signs that the delivery of Aurora will actually be delayed, while with the creation of Frontier for Oak ridge national laboratory, everything is going according to plan, as with the Exascale Computing project, said barb Helland, Deputy Director of the office of science for advanced scientific computing research (ASCR) during an Advisory Committee meeting (ASCAC) held last week.

The U.S. Department of energy's office of science was not prepared to provide additional information, although it said it was working closely with Intel on the issue. "Yes, we have indications that the installation of the Aurora system will be delayed. But currently, Argonne national laboratory is working with Intel to mitigate the consequences not only for itself, but also for the Exascale Computing Project, as well as for national users of high — performance computing," the Department noted.
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