If everything goes as expected, the most powerful supercomputer in the world will arrive in 2021 from the hand of AMD, with its processors and graphics cards. It will be called Frontier and promises to set a new record, reaching the 1.5 performance exaflops. The Department of Energy of the United States has commissioned AMD and Cray to assemble the first computer. This translates into 1.5 trillion calculations per second, 50 times faster than current supercomputers. We do not have the details of the equipment, but it seems that AMD wants to offer full precision FP64 performance.
Obviously, this computer will be used to play, but surely some soul of the Department of Energy of the United States will see how Frontier behaves with Crysis. Seriously, the team will deal with new scientific discoveries, apart from dealing with tasks related to economy, energy and national security. Frontier will feature EPYC 2 processors from the Zen 2 family and Radeon Instinct graphics designed especially for exascale computing. It is not known which base architecture of these GPUs (perhaps a variant of Navi), but the Department of Energy has indicated that each blade of the equipment will present a ratio of four graphics per processor.
For AMD this will be a reaffirmation that can compete in the highest levels of the industry, and this comes after confirming that AMD is working on PlayStation 5 and possibly on Xbox Scarlett. Although the most powerful computers in the world are from IBM and Nvidia, most of the supercomputers on the Top500 list present Intel hardware. Apparently the Department of Energy has opted for AMD thanks to its Infinity Fabric technology, which offers excellent connections between CPU and GPU. Before leaving, we leave you with one fact: apparently Frontier, which will cost 600 million dollars, will weigh more than one million pounds (about 450000 kilos).