The Texas Advanced Computing Center launched the new Frontier, the world's most powerful and fastest academic supercomputer. La Frontera is the fifth supercomputer in the world that is more powerful than previous editions. It is a joint venture of several companies.
The new Frontera Supercomputers are based on the second generation Intel Xeon scalable processors. They come with Intel Optane DC, which is a persistent memory to help 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 Tensor Core GPUs, which are currently the best GPUs.
If we talk about performance, the research team affirms that the new Frontera Supercomputer can reach a yield of 38.7 quadrillion floating points per operation.
Earlier this year, Frontera placed fifth in the Top500 list with 23.5 petaflops. For most of its nodes, Frontera uses a liquid cooling system. Dell EMC has been the water and oil cooling provider of the CoolIT systems integration firm.
If we talk about the power of each node, then a single node can generate the power of 65 kilowatts. This power is approximately one third of which the company generates through wind power production.
DataDirect Networks developed data warehouses for next-generation supercomputers. There are a total of four different environments present that are developed with a different architect of which the first three are for general purposes, while the fourth is for fast connectivity options.
TACC has been working on numerous systems using the latest Border supercomputer. They are working with dozens of systems to test performance and other system related tools in the test environment. The next phase of the test will include application-specific accelerators, tensor core systems and quantum simulators. Together, they are capable of delivering performance up to 10 times faster.
In the future, researchers will use Frontera and its GPUs for hundreds of applications. We will hear more information about the Supercomputers in the coming days, as they will soon reach the public platform.
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