Recently, tech giant AMD had joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and HPE in which they announced that the upcoming LLNL’s supercomputer, El Capitan, would be powered by the next generation AMD EPYC CPUs, AMD Radeon Instinct GPUs and open source AMD ROCm heterogeneous computing software.
The El Capitan system is seen to be the world’s fastest supercomputer with more than 2 exaflops of double precision performance, which is estimated to be delivered somewhere in the early 2023. El Capitan would support National Nuclear Security Administration requirements for its primary mission of ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear stockpile.
The AMD, being picked as the superpower node supplier, would be optimized to escalate artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) workloads which have a high potential in enabling the expanded use of AI and ML into the research, computational techniques and analysis that benefits NNSA missions.
“El Capitan will drive unprecedented advancements in HPC and AI, powered by the next generation AMD EPYC CPUs and Radeon Instinct GPUs,” said Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, Datacenter and Embedded Systems Group, AMD.
“Building on our strong foundation in high-performance computing and adding transformative coherency capabilities, AMD is enabling the NNSA Tri-Lab community—LLNL and the Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories—to achieve their mission critical objectives and contribute new AI advancements to the industry. We are extremely proud to continue our exascale work with HPE and NNSA and look forward to the delivery of the most powerful supercomputer in the world expected in early 2023,” he added.
The next generation AMD would be utilized from its experience, applying AMD on to the high-performance computing industry, as well as accelerating its existing CPU and GPU designs for El Capitan that allows the system to be constructed for maximum performance and ease of use.
“This unprecedented computing capability, powered by advanced CPU and GPU technology from AMD, will sustain America’s position on the global stage in high performance computing and provide an observable example of the commitment of the country to maintaining an unparalleled nuclear deterrent,” said LLNL Lab Director Bill Goldstein.
“Today’s news provides a prime example of how government and industry can work together for the benefit of the entire nation,” he added.