AMD's now powering the world's most powerful supercomputer - The Exaflop barrier has been broken

Humanity has now broken the Exaflop barrier

AMD's now powering the world's most powerful supercomputer - The Exaflop barrier has been broken

The ORNL Frontier Supercomputer is now the world's most powerful, delivering 1.1 Exaflops of performance

Today, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory has confirmed that their new Frontier supercomputer is now active, officially breaking the Exaflop barrier with 1.1 Exaflops of computational performance. This makes Frontier the world's most powerful supercomputer. 

Not only is Frontier the world's most powerful supercomputer, it is also the most efficient. The system currently sits on top of the Green 500, a list of the world's most efficient supercomputers. This makes Frontier a doubly impressive system, as it not only deliver insane levels of computational performance, it also does this with impressive performance per watt characteristics. That said, this system can consumer 21,100 kW under load.

Frontier is a supercomputer that uses custom 3rd Generation AMD EPYC processors and AMD Instinct MI250X accelerators. The system features 8,730,112 CPU cores, and at its peak the system was able to deliver 1,685.65 PFlops of computational performance. This AMD-powered system is over two times as performant as the world's next most powerful supercomputer, and Frontier delivers this performance while consuming less power. 

Frontier showcases how AMD has risen from being the CPU market's underdog to become one of the world's leading computer companies. AMD's hardware has now been used to create the world's first Exaflop supercomputer, and it is likely that AMD's future hardware will be used to create even more powerful system within the next few years.

Next-generation 4th Generation EPYC (Zen 4) CPUs with higher core counts are on the horizon, as are faster AMD Instinct accelerators. It is likely that AMD's hardware will eventually be used to push further past the Exaflop barrier, especially if the company continues to deliver strong performance improvements with each CPU generation.

If nothing else, the supercomputer business is a huge money spinner for AMD, as a 8,730,112 core supercomputer requires an insane number of EPYC processors. Addon the system's Radeon Instinct accelerators and AMD has earned a lot of money by making the hardware behind Frontier. AMD will be pushing to grow this business, especially now that Intel has proven itself to be an unreliable hardware partner thanks to the numerous delays of their Exaflop Aurora supercomputer.

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