[Beowulf] Frontier Announcement

Lance Wilson lance.wilson at monash.edu
Tue May 7 13:54:38 PDT 2019

It's very interesting to see the design choices! At least in the materials
characterization space most of the code is based on CUDA, so this system
will be useless for that community except for the cpus. Almost none of the
software development is done using AMD, so processor optimisations either.
It's good to see more competition but I'm not sure it's actually helping
the researchers.

The other community that will struggle is AI/ML as they are pushing very
hard into the CUDA space. There are very researchers that I've seen at
SuperComputing or locally that are using cpus for their research. AMD gpus
don't appear to have any capability in this area and will need to do an
awful lot to catch up. It seems a lot of money to be spent on a limited use
case machine.

I'd be keen to hear others experiences with AMD cpu and gpu systems?


Dr Lance Wilson
Characterisation Virtual Laboratory (CVL) Coordinator &
Senior HPC Consultant
Ph: 03 99055942 (+61 3 99055942)
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Multi-modal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment
Monash University

On Wed, 8 May 2019 at 06:44, Jörg Saßmannshausen <
sassy-work at sassy.formativ.net> wrote:

> Hi Prentice,
> that looks interesting and I hope it means I will finally get the neutron
> structure which was measured last year there! :-)
> On a more serious note: I think it is interesting that they are using AMD
> for
> both the CPUs and GPUs. It sounds at least very fast of what they want to
> build, lets hope their design will work as planned as well.
> All the best from London
> Jörg
> Am Dienstag, 7. Mai 2019, 10:32:42 BST schrieb Prentice Bisbal via Beowulf:
> > ORNL's Frontier System has been announced:
> >
> >
> https://www.hpcwire.com/2019/05/07/cray-amd-exascale-frontier-at-oak-ridge/
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