Intel’s 2021 Exascale Vision in Aurora: Two Sapphire Rapids CPUs with Six Ponte Vecchio GPUs

Published on November 18, 2019

With the new generation of the supercomputer, the word exascale has become very common from the last few years. HPC twitted the previous month and mentioned about the ‘Exascale Day.’ The way to exascale is said to be the most crucial target for the advanced and supercomputer market for a decade. As per the Source, Intel is moving forward with the Aurora Supercomputer that has been ordered by the Argonne National Laboratory.

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It has been quite a long time that Intel is working on the Aurora contract and till the scope of the project has changed and these changes are due to the changes in the market condition changes and hardware setbacks. This news about the delivery of the supercomputer by 2020 was already announced internally a few years back. During the recent revaluation in AI accelerated, the announcement was made. By adding the AVX-512 to its server processors, Intel is gradually removing the Xeon Pho platform.

About the recent announcement on Aurora Node

Some information has been put up by Intel on the table for a typical Aurora computer note in today’s announcement. The company did not provide any specifics on the core counts and the memory types. The company only provided the information that a standard node will contain six-generation GPUs and two-generation CPUs, and the new connectivity standards will connect these all.

After the Ice Lake Xeons company is introducing the second-generation, 10nm server processors, it was reconfirmed after the announcement by the company that Sapphire Rapids is 2021 processors. It was also confirmed by the company that Ice Lake will have its volume ramp in late 2020. Intel is still working on the delivery of 2021 and has even many developments to be done, but it is not sure that the product could reach everyone by the end of 2021.


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