Intel Unveils World’s Fastest Academic Supercomputers


The Texas Advanced Computing Center launched new Frontera, the world’s most powerful and fastest Academic Supercomputers. The Frontera is the world’s fifth Supercomputer which is more powerful than the previous editions. It is a joint venture of a number of companies.

The new Frontera Supercomputers are based on the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors. They come with Intel Optane DC which is a persistent memory to help the research and other scientific innovations within the research center.

Frontera is designed for advanced users as it is a combination of Artificial Intelligence, data analysis capabilities and high-performance computing. They are powered by NVIDIA’s Tensor Core GPUs which are currently the best GPUs.

If we talk about the performance, then the research team claims that the new Frontera Supercomputer can achieve performance of 38.7 quadrillions floating points per operation.

Earlier this year, Frontera stood on the fifth position in the Top500 list with 23.5 petaflops. For the majority of its nodes, Frontera uses a liquid cooling system. Dell EMC has been the supplier for water and oil cooling from system integration firm CoolIT.

If we talk about the power of each node, then a single node can generate the power of 65 kilowatts. This power is roughly the third of which the company is generating through wind power production.

DataDirect Networks developed data storages for the new generation Supercomputers. There is a total of four different environments present which are developed with a different architect from which the first three are for general purposes, while the fourth one is for fast connectivity options.

TACC has been working on numerous systems using the latest Frontera Supercomputer. They are working with dozens of systems to test out the performances and other system-related tools under the testing environment. The next phase of the testing will involve application-specific accelerators, tensor core systems and quantum simulators. Together, they are capable of delivering up to 10 times faster performance.

In the future, Frontera and its GPUs will be used for hundreds of applications by the researchers. We will hear more information about the Supercomputers in the coming days as they will soon hit the public platform.

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