ISC ’22: The AMD-Intel-Nvidia HPC race heats up

The International Supercomputer Conference (ISC) kicked off in Hamburg, Germany this week with the release of the TOPP500 list of the fastest supercomputers, with a computer named Frontier taking first place.

Deployed at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Labs, it is the first exascale machine (1018 floating point operations per second)—an HPE-Cray EX system powered by AMD Epyc CPUs and Instinct MI250 GPUs.

Intel had hoped to win the exascale battle with another DoE computer called Aurora, but AMD beat it to the punch. Frontier also beat out competitors from China and Japan that had hoped to win the exascale race.

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