On the recently-held (June 24-July 2) Worldwide Supercomputing Convention (ISC), Intel showcased how the corporate goals to increase its lead in excessive efficiency computing (HPC) with a spread of expertise disclosures, partnerships and buyer adoptions. The chip large introduced advances in its Xeon processor for HPC and AI in addition to improvements in reminiscence, software program, exascale-class storage, and networking applied sciences for a spread of HPC use circumstances.
“To maximise HPC efficiency we should leverage all the pc sources and expertise developments accessible to us,” mentioned Trish Damkroger, vice chairman and normal supervisor of Excessive Efficiency Computing at Intel. “Intel is the driving pressure behind the trade’s transfer towards exascale computing, and the developments we’re delivering with our CPUs, XPUs, oneAPI Toolkits, exascale-class DAOS storage, and high-speed networking are pushing us nearer towards that realization.”
Earlier this 12 months, Intel strengthened its place in HPC with the launch of third Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors. The newest processor delivers as much as 53% increased efficiency throughout a spread of HPC workloads, together with life sciences, monetary companies and manufacturing, as in comparison with the earlier era processor.
In comparison with its closest x86 competitor, the third Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor is claimed to ship higher efficiency throughout a spread of well-liked HPC workloads. Xeon Scalable 8380 processors are additionally claimed to outperform AMD EPYC 7763 processors on key AI workloads, with 50% higher efficiency throughout 20 widespread benchmarks.
HPC labs, supercomputing facilities, universities and authentic tools producers who’ve adopted Intel’s newest compute platform embrace Dell Technologies, HPE, Korea Meteorological Administration, Lenovo, Max Planck Computing and Knowledge Facility, Oracle, Osaka College and the College of Tokyo.
The corporate claims that its next-generation of Xeon Scalable processors (code-named “Sapphire Rapids) will provide built-in Excessive Bandwidth Reminiscence (HBM), offering a dramatic increase in reminiscence bandwidth and a big efficiency enchancment for HPC functions that function reminiscence bandwidth-sensitive workloads. Customers can energy via workloads utilizing simply Excessive Bandwidth Reminiscence or together with DDR5.
The early main wins for Sapphire Rapids processors with built-in HBM embrace the US Division of Power’s Aurora supercomputer at Argonne Nationwide Laboratory and the Crossroads supercomputer at Los Alamos Nationwide Laboratory.
The Sapphire Rapids-based platform will present capabilities to speed up HPC, together with elevated I/O bandwidth with PCI categorical 5.0 (in comparison with PCI categorical 4.0) and Compute Specific Hyperlink (CXL) 1.1 assist, enabling superior use circumstances throughout compute, networking and storage.
Along with reminiscence and I/O developments, Sapphire Rapids is optimized for HPC and synthetic intelligence (AI) workloads, with a brand new built-in AI acceleration engine referred to as Intel Superior Matrix Extensions (AMX).
Extending Intel Ethernet for HPC
At ISC 2021, Intel additionally introduced its new Excessive Efficiency Networking with Ethernet (HPN) answer, which extends Ethernet expertise capabilities for smaller clusters within the HPC phase through the use of normal Intel Ethernet 800 Sequence Community Adapters and Controllers, switches based mostly on Intel Tofino P4-programmable Ethernet change ASICs and the Intel Ethernet Material suite software program. HPN is claimed to allow utility efficiency similar to InfiniBand at a decrease price whereas profiting from the convenience of use supplied by Ethernet.
Business assist for DAOS
Intel rolled out business assist for DAOS (distributed asynchronous object storage), an open-source software-defined object retailer constructed to optimize information trade throughout Intel HPC architectures. DAOS is on the basis of the Intel Exascale storage stack, beforehand introduced by Argonne Nationwide Laboratory, and is being utilized by Intel prospects akin to LRZ and JINR (Joint Institute for Nuclear Analysis).
DAOS assist is now accessible to companions as an L3 assist providing, which allows companions to offer a whole turnkey storage answer by combining it with their companies. Along with Intel’s personal information middle constructing blocks, early companions for this new business assist consists of HPE, Lenovo, Supermicro, Brightskies, Croit, Nettrix, Quanta, and RSC Group.