Exaflop Supercomputer Race

The US Department of Energy is paying $500 million for the Aurora exaflop supercomputer to be built by Intel and Cray in 2021. Aurora will perform regular supercomputer research and artificial intelligence (AI) projects. There will be extreme-scale cosmological simulations, discovering new approaches for drug response prediction and discovery of materials for the creation of more efficient organic solar cells. There will be new scientific innovation and new technological capabilities. The supercomputer will use new Intel technologies designed specifically for the convergence of artificial intelligence and high-performance computing at extreme computing scale. These include a future generation of the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor, Intel’s Xe compute architecture, a future generation of Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory, and Intel’s One API software. Aurora will use Cray’s next-generation supercomputer system, code-named “Shasta,” which will comprise more than 200 cabinets and include Cray’s SlingshotTM high-performance scalable interconnect and the Shasta software stack optimized for Intel architecture. Three teams in China are competing to build China’s exascale system in the next seven months and Japan’s Post-K exascale computer has a target deployment date of 2020. China has built three exascale supercomputer prototypes. China has launched the prototype of Shuguang, an exascale supercomputer being developed by Dawning Information Industry, also known as Sugon. Shuguang machine is will be operated in national supercomputing centers in Shanghai and Shenzhen. The first two exascale prototypes were announced during the summer of 2018. The first was built at the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin. It is the prototype for the Tianhe-3 exascale machine. It is presumed to be the Arm-based supercomputer, based on Phytium’s Xiaomi platform. https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2019/03/details-of-chinas-three-prototypes-of-exaflop-supercomputer-architectures.html”>Nextbigfuture provided details on China’s Exaflop supercomputer projects.
SOURCES- Intel, Depei Qian SC18 Youtube, Guancha, Xinhau, DOE Written By Brian Wang. Nextbigfuture.com

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