At SC18, Depei Qian delivered a talk where he revealed some of the beefier details of the three Chinese exascale prototype systems installed in 2018. The 45-minute session confirmed some of the speculation about these machine that we have reported on, but also offered a deeper dive into their design and underlying hardware elements.
AMD’s Zen 2 EPYC processor, codenamed “Rome,” has yet to be released, but the chip has already staked out a future home in what will be one of the largest supercomputers in Europe. The upcoming system, known as Hawk, will be built by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and installed at the High-Performance Computing Center of the University of Stuttgart, also known as HLRS.
The 52nd edition of the TOP500 list saw five US Department of Energy (DOE) supercomputers in the top 10 positions, with the first two captured by Summit at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Sierra at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).