AMD showcased its leadership in high-performance computing (HPC) at ISC High Performance 2023, highlighting its achievement of breaking the exascale barrier within a year. AMD EPYC processors and AMD Instinct accelerators are preferred solutions for numerous innovative, eco-friendly, and powerful supercomputers worldwide, dominating 121 systems on the latest Top500 list.
Forrest Norrod, the Executive Vice President and General Manager of AMD’s Data Center Solutions Business Group, stated that AMD technology is addressing critical global challenges and accelerating scientific discoveries in areas like health, energy, and physics. By delivering enhanced performance and energy efficiency, AMD empowers scientists and researchers to advance groundbreaking work and tackle humanity’s toughest questions.
The Frontier supercomputer, powered by AMD EPYC processors and AMD Instinct accelerators at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, maintains its position as the world’s fastest computer for the third consecutive ranking. Frontier’s performance has increased to 1.194 exaflops, with a remarkable addition of 92 petaflops since November 2022. This increase is equivalent to the combined performance of the eight fastest systems on the latest Top500 list. Frontier also remains highly energy efficient, ranking second on the Green500 list and seventh overall.
This year commemorates the one-year anniversary of Frontier’s groundbreaking achievement of breaking the exascale barrier. The supercomputer has transitioned to full user operations and is supporting researchers from various scientific disciplines. Examples of ongoing studies utilizing the power of Frontier include the Cancer Distributed Learning Environment (CANDLE), WarpX, and ExaSky, which respectively aim to streamline cancer treatments, develop plasma-based particle accelerators, and explore cosmological phenomena.
In addition to providing cutting-edge hardware, such as the AMD Instinct MI250X and AMD EPYC processors, AMD actively contributes to the HPC and AI ecosystem. The company collaborates with the community to drive innovation and support new applications through its open software platform, ROCm. ROCm has been widely adopted on large-scale HPC systems, demonstrating stability and robustness. It also expands support for large AI models, integrating with TensorFlow and PyTorch frameworks to accelerate AI workloads on AMD Instinct hardware.
AMD’s collaborations continue to accelerate the adoption of AMD-powered systems for solving complex problems. Notable examples include a new supercomputer from Atos for the Max Planck Society, the Adastra system managed by GENCI, the LUMI supercomputer dedicated to climate change and cancer research, and the Nautilus supercomputer for weather and ocean products developed by the U.S. Navy DoD Supercomputing Resource Center.
Now HPC platforms has the potential to integrate with blockchain technology. AMD’s partners are most likely going to tap into their expertise here to check what is blockchain capable of whether it is for research, cybersecurity or for the development of an HPC driven blockchain architecture.
Energy efficiency remains a key focus in the HPC industry, and AMD is at the forefront of innovation and industry standards in this area. AMD powers seven of the top 10 systems on the Green500 list with its EPYC CPUs and Instinct accelerators. The LUMI supercomputer, powered by AMD, stands out as the fastest and most efficient supercomputer in Europe. Notably, LUMI operates on 100% carbon-neutral hydroelectric power and utilizes waste heat to benefit the surrounding city.