Here we go: Exascale has arrived! The Frontier supercomputer, powered by AMD, smashed the global record

New performance data reveals that the Frontier supercomputer from the United States has shattered the record for the world’s most powerful machine.

Frontier outperforms Fugaku by more than two times, according to the most recent Top500 list, which rates supercomputers based on their HPL benchmark results.

Frontier is the first machine to break the exascale barrier with a score of 1.102 exaflops.

Powered by EPYC from AMD

Ornithologically speaking, Frontier is housed in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where it is powered by AMD EPYC servers and Instinct MI250x accelerators.

HPE’s Slingshot-11 interconnect technology, which competes with Nvidia’s InfiniBand platform for high-performance computing (HPC) workload acceleration, handles the networking.

As a consequence of the new rankings, AMD is able to claim the top spot in the overall list, as well as a 95 percent gain year-on-year in the number of places it occupies.

Forrest Norrd, SVP and GM for data centre solutions at AMD, stated, “We are pleased that AMD EPYC processors and Instinct accelerators now power the world’s fastest, most energy efficient, and first supercomputer to cross the exascale barrier.”

“The most difficult problems in the world can only be solved by increasing the performance and efficiency of supercomputers. High-performance computing (HPC) continues to benefit from AMD EPYC and Instinct CPUs and accelerators.

A restricted number of researchers will be able to use the new system by the end of the year, with a complete rollout expected for 2023.

Is that truly the first exascale machine???

Frontier is unquestionably a technical marvel, but its status as the world’s first exascale system has been questioned.

Unfortunately, the Top500 rankings are based on user-generated content rather than an encyclopaedic list.

Sources tell us that China has had many exascale-class systems lying around for months, but has decided to keep them under wraps due to geopolitical concerns with the United States.

Supercomputers capable of doing molecular modelling and sequencing in domains like genomics and clinical medicine will open up a wide range of possibilities, quickening the pace of discovery in these areas.

The emergence of exascale computing will have a profound impact on the field of artificial intelligence. Accurate projections across a wide range of fields, including cybersecurity, retail, manufacturing, logistics, and finance, will become possible as more and more data is fed into AI models.

Rival powers may benefit from keeping their cards close to their chests in this circumstance.