AMD announced today, May 19, that it will supply components for NVIDIA’s new dedicated system for artificial intelligence and machine learning functions. In an announcement the company said that the second generation AMD EPYC 7742 processors will be present in the competitor’s DGX-A100 system.
The company announced that each DGX A100 will have a dual array of second-generation AMD EPYC 7742 processors, offering a total of 128 cores at a base frequency of 2.25 GHz, which can be increased up to a maximum of 3.4 GHz.
The second generation of AMD EPYC processors is the first – and for the time being only – x86 server architecture that supports PCIe 4.0, offering up to 128 I / O ranges per processor, which delivers better computing performance and connectivity with other devices, such as graphics cards, for example.
The second generation of AMD EPYC 7742 processors – as well as AMD Radeon Instinct GPUs – also power the world’s two fastest exascale supercomputers, Frontier and El Capitan.
Supercomputers with AMD EPYC processors
In addition to the DGX-A100, AMD EPYC processors equip other supercomputers, which are among the most powerful in the world. Check the list of some of them and their uses for their respective companies:
- HLRS ‘Hawk’: The Hawk will enhance the work of scientists and engineers in their research work with phenomena of greater volume and complexity, supporting intense data flows that combine analysis of large batches of information, deep learning and virtual simulations. Hawk is an HPE Apollo 9000 system and is among the fastest supercomputers in the world
- Big Red 200: Indiana University has acquired the most agile supercomputer in the country and has an educational institution to support advances in its research in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analysis and medical and scientific research, called Big Red 200.
- NEC SX-AURORA TSUBASA: The NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA will support meteorological monitoring, analysis and forecasting activities, as well as the different climatological processes studied by the German meteorological service Deutscher Wetterdienst, providing more sophisticated projections and more accurate alerts in case of serious environmental events .
- Dell Expanse:. The system will allow tens of thousands of researchers to simplify their study times in areas such as astronomy, molecular dynamics, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
- Cray Archer 2: The ARCHER2 supercomputer will be equipped with Cray’s Slingshot interconnect, high-performance ClusterStor storage, Cray Shasta software platform and second-generation AMD EPYC processors, providing up to 11x the performance of its predecessor, the ARCHER system. ARCHER2 will be the first Shasta system announced in EMEA and the second such system in the world used for academic research.
- Cray Vulcan: The UK Department of Nuclear Weapons (AWE) has selected Cray and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to support the UK’s security and defense with the Cray Shasta supercomputer. The Vulcan supercomputer will incorporate a simple Shasta supercomputer with an expected performance of more than seven petaflops.
- JOLIOT-CURIE: GENCI and Atos announced their first operational supercomputer in the world, which includes 2nd generation AMD EPYC 7H12 processors. The Joliot-Curie supercomputer is based on the Atos BullSequana XH2000 solution and has proven sustained performance so far in more than five petaflops. In 2019, it was ranked 59th in the world ranking of TOP100 supercomputers.
- BULLSEQUANA XH2000 SUPERCOMPUTERS ACTS: The new systems will multiply the computational power of Météo-France by up to five times, compared to the current solution, allowing the organization to more efficiently reach a considerable number of scientific discoveries in climate forecasting. Each new supercomputer is capable of processing more than 10 billion operations per second and is among the most powerful weather supercomputers in the world.
- CRAY HPC11: The HPC11 supercomputer will enable you to obtain more accurate weather forecasts for global United States Air Force and Navy operations. It will be one of the first supercomputer systems with second-generation AMD EPYC processors for operational use in weather forecasting.
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