The Prime 500 listing of the quickest supercomputers on the planet was launched at this time, and whereas there are not any surprising modifications to the highest management spot — the AMD-powered exascale-class Frontier nonetheless ranks because the quickest system on the planet whereas Intel grapples with delays for the Aurora system — the listing does reveal that AMD continues to take over extra of the highest spots on the listing.
This launch finds AMD powering 101 of the methods on the Prime 500, a 38% improve year-over-year on a listing that sometimes sees a considerably gradual price of change. Extra importantly, many of those AMD-powered methods are on the high of the listing, with AMD now holding 4 of the highest ten spots, and 12 of the highest 20. The elevated variety of AMD methods on the listing builds on AMD’s sturdy exhibiting when it jumped to 93 spots within the high 100 when the listing was final launched in June.
AMD is recent off the discharge of its EPYC Genoa processors, which we not too long ago reviewed, discovering that the chips outclass Intel’s incumbent Ice Lake in each sort of workload, to not point out energy consumption. These good points typically come by the hands of an unimaginable core rely benefit: The best-end Genoa processor has greater than twice the variety of cores of the Ice Lake Xeons. AMD’s benefit ought to proceed for a minimum of the subsequent Intel CPU cycle, too, as Genoa at the moment has 60% extra cores than the as-yet-unreleased Sapphire Rapids, which is rumored to peak at 60 cores.
As you’d count on, among the new entrants leverage AMD’s latest silicon. For instance, Shaheen III, the quickest supercomputer within the Center East, leverages the fourth-gen EPYC Genoa silicon.
Not all that glitters is new silicon, although: One other new entrant from HPE is surprisingly powered by AMD’s second-gen EPYC Rome silicon. The supercomputer for the Mohamed bin Zayed College of Synthetic Intelligence (MBZUAI) comes packing 384 Nvidia A100 GPUs paired with AMD’s previous-previous-gen silicon, exhibiting that AMD can even proceed to carve out new wins with its older equipment.
Talking of GPU accelerators, the Prime 500 listing now has 9 methods powered by the AMD Intuition accelerators, a rise of two over the past listing. It is apparent that AMD hasn’t had as a lot success with its Intuition lineup of accelerators because it has had on the CPU aspect of the home, however its transfer to chiplet-based Intuition MI200 GPUs may assist it make use of the identical strategies it did with EPYC to start to realize extra traction in probably the most demanding workloads.
Simply as importantly, AMD continues to make headway into the Inexperienced 500, which is the listing that contains the five hundred best supercomputers on the planet. AMD now powers seven of the highest ten best methods, practically doubling the 4 methods the corporate powered on the June listing.