May 13, 2024
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World’s Most Powerful Supercomputers List

By Jeremy Thomas

Three new systems currently or soon-to-be sited at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) on Monday debuted on the latest Top500 list of most powerful supercomputers in the world, including the first portion of the exascale machine El Capitan.

Unveiled at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany, the June 2024 Top500 lists three systems with identical components — one computing rack each from El Capitan’s “Early Delivery System” (EDS), LLNL’s newest unclassified supercomputer RZAdams and its unclassified “sister” system Tuolumne. All three registered 19.65 petaFLOPs (nearly 20 quadrillion floating point calculations per second) on the High Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark used by the Top500 organization to determine the world’s fastest supercomputers. The scores ranked them 46th, 47th and 48th in the world, respectively.

Each machine comprises the same direct liquid  cooled HPE Cray EX supercomputer from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), featuring AMD architecture and nodes. The compute nodes are powered by the cutting-edge AMD InstinctTM MI300A accelerated processing units (APUs), which integrate a tightly coupled central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU) into a single package.  Read More...