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Advanced Micro Devices on Wednesday said it had been awarded $12.6 million for two research projects associated with the U.S. department of energy’s (DOE) extreme-scale computing research and development program, known as “FastForward”. The DOE award provides up to $9.6 million to AMD for processor-related research and up to $3 million for memory-related research.

FastForward is a jointly funded collaboration between DOE office of science, and national nuclear security administration (NNSA) to initiate partnerships with multiple companies to accelerate the research and development of critical technologies needed for extreme scale computing, on the path toward exascale computing. Exascale supercomputers will be capable of performing one quintillion (or a billion billion) calculations per second, roughly one thousand times faster than today’s fastest available supercomputers.

The development of high performance, energy-efficient processor and memory technologies are critical to achieving the DOE's goals and AMD is initiating innovative designs for these components.

“This award from the DOE will fund critical research and development required to enable high-performance, power-efficient exascale systems. Additionally, AMD will undertake work to drive advances in memory bandwidth and communication speed, which are essential for heterogeneous architecture, exascale-class supercomputers with thousands of processors,” said Alan Lee, AMD’s corporate vice president of research and advanced development.

AMD Opteron processors are used today in many of the world’s leading supercomputers, including IBM’s Roadrunner computer at the DOE’s Los Alamos national laboratory, which in 2008 was the first supercomputer to reach sustained petaflop performance. AMD Opteron processors were also used in the world’s second petascale supercomputer, Cray’s Jaguar supercomputer deployed at Oak Ridge national laboratory. Moreover, the DOE announced last fall that 19200 AMD Opteron 6200-series "Bulldozer" processors will be used to help power their new Titan system also at Oak Ridge national laboratory, which is expected to provide peak performance in excess of 20 petaflops when it becomes fully operational by early 2013. AMD Opteron processors were also selected for the Blue Waters supercomputing project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Tags: AMD, Exascale, Opteron, Bulldozer, Piledriver, Excavator, Steamroller, DRAM

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93% of servers are powered by Intel. This is affirmative action at work.
0 2 [Posted by: AnonymousGuy  | Date: 07/12/12 08:10:36 PM]
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One of the fastest Super Computer is running using Opteron processors, and for a fact 2 out of top 5 is using Opteron, the rest is not Intel.
3 0 [Posted by: pogsnet  | Date: 07/13/12 10:22:06 AM]
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Im surprised!
But im happy. I wouldnt be interested nor would i get bored not buying intel chips with inflated pricing instead of AMD.
Means at least it might do some good for the consumer mainstream if they come up with a revelation in chip design and technology, the IP will do more good and help AMD stay competitive.
0 0 [Posted by: rishidev  | Date: 07/12/12 08:31:59 PM]
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Oh no. They have given the responsibility of developing the first sentient supercomputer to a wicked company.
0 1 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 07/16/12 07:32:40 AM]
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Something I don't quite understand about this.

The Bulldozer architecture is built using modules, and each module has 2 integer cores and 1 floating-point unit, so why would you build a supercomputer using a deficient or crippled CPU? Keeping in mind that the performance of supercomputers is pretty much dictated by FPU performance.

Add to that the fact that Bulldozer's power usage is one of the worst compared to any other CPU, including their previous generation.

Don't get me wrong, I love AMD and wish them the best - even though their top cpu engineers (who worked to build the success of the Athlon's) have walked out.

But can someone explain what I'm getting wrong here?

0 0 [Posted by: wislam  | Date: 07/19/12 10:11:16 AM]
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