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posted by janrinok on Thursday November 16 2023, @02:03PM   Printer-friendly

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Intel's oft-delayed Aurora remains a work in progress.

The Top500 organization released its semi-annual list of the fastest supercomputers in the world, with the AMD-powered Frontier supercomputer retaining its spot at the top of the list with 1.194 Exaflop/s (EFlop/s) of performance, fending off a half-scale 585.34 Petaflop/s (PFlop/s) submission from the Argonne National Laboratory's Intel-powered Aurora supercomputer. Argonne's submission, which only employs half of the Aurora system, lands at the second spot on the Top500, unseating Japan's Fugaku as the second-fastest supercomputer in the world. Intel also made inroads with 20 new supercomputers based on its Sapphire Rapids CPUs entering the list, but AMD's EPYC continues to take over the Top500 as it now powers 140 systems on the list — a 39% year-over-year increase.

Intel and Argonne are currently still working to bring Arora fully online for users in 2024. As such, the Aurora submission represented 10,624 Intel CPUs and 31,874 Intel GPUs working in concert to deliver 585.34 PFlop/s at a total of 24.69 megawatts (MW) of energy. In contrast, AMD's Frontier holds the performance title at 1.194 EFlop/s, which is more than twice the performance of Aurora, while consuming a comparably miserly 22.70 MW of energy (yes, that's less power for the full Frontier supercomputer than half of the Aurora system). Aurora did not land on the Green500, a list of the most power-efficient supercomputers, with this submission, but Frontier continues to hold eighth place on that list. 

However, Aurora is expected to eventually reach up to 2 EFlop/s of performance when it comes fully online. When complete, Auroroa will have 21,248 Xeon Max CPUs and 63,744 Max Series 'Ponte Vecchio' GPUs spread across 166 racks and 10,624 compute blades, making it the largest known single deployment of GPUs in the world. The system leverages HPE Cray EX – Intel Exascale Compute Blades and uses HPE's Slingshot-11 networking interconnect.

AMD is in the process of deploying El Capitan, which is projected to be faster than Aurora with 2 EFlop/s+ of performance, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. As such, Intel's incessantly delayed Aurora may never take the number one position on the Top500 list — the race is certainly on for the next round of Top500 submissions in June 2024.

[...] Meanwhile, Microsoft's new Eagle supercomputer, deployed in the Azure Cloud, has now taken the number three spot on the list, pushing Japan's Fugaku into fourth place on the leaderboard. Eagle is the first cloud system to break the top ten. The LUMI system in Kajaani, Finland, rounded out the top five with 379.70 PFlop/s of performance.


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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by Gaaark on Thursday November 16 2023, @02:24PM (4 children)

    by Gaaark (41) on Thursday November 16 2023, @02:24PM (#1333151) Journal

    Even Microsoft admits it's own operating system isn't as fast or as good as linux: ALL of the 'super computers' are running on linux.

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    • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Thursday November 16 2023, @03:13PM (3 children)

      by Freeman (732) on Thursday November 16 2023, @03:13PM (#1333160) Journal

      Microsoft Windows doesn't do custom anything very well.

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      • (Score: 4, Funny) by DannyB on Thursday November 16 2023, @05:01PM (2 children)

        by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 16 2023, @05:01PM (#1333173) Journal

        You could omit the word "custom" which was not necessary.

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2023, @06:34PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2023, @06:34PM (#1333184)

          So you mean:

          Microsoft Windows doesn't do custom anything very well.

          FTFY

          • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Freeman on Thursday November 16 2023, @07:16PM

            by Freeman (732) on Thursday November 16 2023, @07:16PM (#1333189) Journal

            Funnily enough, that's more or less what made it succeed.

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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by crafoo on Thursday November 16 2023, @03:24PM (1 child)

    by crafoo (6639) on Thursday November 16 2023, @03:24PM (#1333162)

    Argonne definitely needs massive computing power. Making our nuclear weapons more efficient, using up all the fissile material in the fission/fusion explosions - more efficient warheads. We should all take the time to thank them. Less loose fissile material blown out in the atmosphere means much less radioactive fallout and safer, friendlier nuclear wars. Determining the best altitude to airburst them at too. Better for instant mass death but it also kicks up less of the dirt and dust from the ground (that was just irradiated) into the atmosphere to drift downwind.

    Also heavy work in the low-yield, kiloton-range. Russia is so far ahead in this area. It'll be great when we hit WWIII. Safer for foot soldiers on a battlefield where we are lobbing them in mortar shells and dropping them from drones and such. The only real danger area (after the explosion LMAO) is downwind, and then only for about a month or so. We've gotten really good at making sure the dangerous material is used up and not blown out all over the place. I'm sure there are many people salivating at the chance to get real-world data.

    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2023, @06:16PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2023, @06:16PM (#1333179)

      Is there a +1 George Carlin mod somewhere in the SN future?

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