Monday, October 26th 2020

AMD Wins Contract for European LUMI Supercomputer: 552 petaflop/s Powered by Epyc, AMD Instinct

AMD has won a contract to empower the LUMI supercomputer, designed for the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) in conjunction with 10 European countries. The contract will see AMD provide both the CPU and GPU innards of the LUMI, set to be populated with next-generation AMD Epyc CPUs and AMD Instinct GPUs. The supercomputer, which is set to enter operation come next year, will deliver an estimated 552 petaflop/s - higher than the world's current fastest supercomputer, Fugaku in Japan, which reaches peak performance of 513 petaflop/s - and is an Arm-powered affair.

The contract for LUMI's construction has been won by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), which will be providing an HPE Cray EX supercomputer powered by the aforementioned AMD hardware. LUMI has an investment cost set at 200 million euros, for both hardware, installation, and the foreseeable lifetime of its operation. This design win by AMD marks another big contract for the company, which was all but absent from the supercomputing space until launch, and subsequent iterations, of its Zen architecture and latest generations of Instinct HPC accelerators.
Khalil Rouhana
Today we mark an important step forward in the realization of the European High-Performance Computing strategy. The pre-exascale supercomputer hosted by the LUMI consortium will be among the top 5 in the world. Together with the other EuroHPC pre-exascale and petascale supercomputers that will be deployed in 2021, the LUMI supercomputer will help Europe's public and private users address many daunting research and innovation problems across different areas from weather and climate change through cybersecurity to drug discovery and personalized medicine. LUMI supercomputer aligns the Digital and Green Deal policies of the European Commission, using 100% renewable carbon neutral energy. Moreover, the heat generated will provide 20 percent of the district heat of the area, being one of the most efficient supercomputers in the world.
Executive Director of EuroHPC Joint Undertaking
Once operational in mid-2021, the LUMI supercomputer will be one of the most competitive and green supercomputers in the world! Such a leadership-class system will support European researchers, industry, and public sector, in better understanding and responding to complex challenges and transforming them into innovation opportunities in sectors like health, weather forecasting, or urban and rural planning.
Peter Ungaro
We are committed to supporting the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) to seize opportunities in next-generation supercomputing and bolster R&D in science, advance innovation, and unlock economic growth. We are honored to continue collaborating with EuroHPC JU, and through our partnership with AMD, build one of the world's fastest pre-exascale supercomputers for Europe."
Permanent Secretary Anita Lehikoinen from Ministry of Education and Culture
The reliability of CSC and Finland made the European Commission and ten partner countries to invest in one pan-European high-performance computing and data management infrastructure in Finland. We have to keep up the excellent collaboration in order to maximize this investment to benefit society on a larger scale.
CSC's Managing Director Kimmo Koski
The investment will make CSC data center one of the world's largest players in the field of HPC. The joint procurement process with the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking and ten European countries has proceeded on schedule despite the global pandemic, thanks to the vast know-how of the LUMI consortium and the excellent collaboration. LUMI's astonishing computing power combined with a highly modern artificial intelligence platform and data management infrastructure will help European researchers tackle unforeseen research challenges.
Anna-Maria Henell
The technology we are using is strongly based on mathematical modelling: analyses, artificial intelligence, simulations, and optimization. Therefore, powerful computing capacity and data management infrastructure are of the utmost importance for us. The LUMI infrastructure will open up entirely new possibilities for us, which we may exploit. Disior is a Finnish company developing software for analysing medical images in 3D.
Supercomputers enable the fight against pandemics and help resolve unforeseen research questions
LUMI's top-notch computing resources are needed in leading-edge research in a wide range of data- and computing-intensive fields. Examples include climate, pharmaceutical, and artificial intelligence.

LUMI will also have a fast-track for urgent computing in time- and mission-critical simulations. This kind of simulation might be, for example, related to a large epidemic or pandemic disease. The current COVID-19 pandemic has largely benefitted from supercomputers: supercomputers have been used for example to simulate studies related to vaccine research and defeat the spread of the virus. With its vast computing resources, LUMI can address different research challenges even faster than before. In addition, it will enable addressing totally new types of scientific challenges combining multidisciplinary research and artificial intelligence.

World-class environmental sustainability and energy-efficiency
As a carbon-neutral data center, LUMI helps the European ICT sector in becoming greener and more cost-efficient, which is a necessity for reaching EU's ambitious climate targets and paving the way for the green transition. CSC's data center in Kajaani is among the world's most eco-efficient: it uses 100% renewable energy produced with hydropower. LUMI's waste heat will be used in Kajaani's district heating network: 20% of the area's yearly district heating needs will be covered with LUMI's waste heat.

LUMI system architecture explained:
  • The LUMI system will be supplied by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), based on an HPE Cray EX supercomputer.
  • The peak performance of LUMI is an astonishing 552 petaflop/s meaning 552 *1015 floating point operations per second. This figure makes LUMI one of the world's fastest supercomputers. For comparison, the world's fastest computer today (Fugaku in Japan) reaches 513 petaflop/s and the second fastest (Summit in the US) 200 petaflop/s (more information: www.top500.org). If LUMI's computing power was compared to normal laptops, it would require 1.5 million laptops together to reach the performance of LUMI. If these laptops were piled up, they would form a tower of over 23 kilometers high!
  • LUMI will also be one of the most advanced platforms in the world for artificial intelligence (AI). With LUMI, it will be possible to combine AI, especially deep learning, and traditional large scale simulations combined with massive scale data analytics in solving one research problem.
  • The number crunching capability of LUMI is accelerated by the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) partition. It is based on the future generation AMD Instinct GPU.
  • LUMI will be complemented by a CPU (Central Processing Unit) partition, featuring 64-core next-generation AMD EPYC CPUs.
  • LUMI's data analytics partition has 32 aggregated terabytes of memory and 64 visualization GPUs. This partition is used e.g. for visualization, heavy data analysis, meshing, and pre/post-processing.
  • LUMI's storage system will consist of three components. First, there will be a 7-petabyte partition of ultra-fast flash storage, combined with a more traditional 80-petabyte capacity storage, both based on the Lustre parallel filesystem, as well as a data management service, based on Ceph and being 30 petabytes in volume.
  • In total, LUMI will have astounding storage of 117 petabytes and an impressive aggregated I/O bandwidth of 2 terabytes per second
  • LUMI will also have an OpenShift/Kubernetes container cloud platform for running microservices.
  • All the different compute and storage partitions are connected to the very fast Cray Slingshot interconnect of 200 Gbit/s. The global bandwidth of the LUMI-GPU partition is 160 TB/s. The global Internet traffic would fit therein, in fact, two times!
  • LUMI takes over 150m2 of space, which is about the size of a tennis court. The weight of the system is nearly 150 000 kilograms (150 metric tons).
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29 Comments on AMD Wins Contract for European LUMI Supercomputer: 552 petaflop/s Powered by Epyc, AMD Instinct

#1
kapone32
And we all celebrate as AMD gets more money to further develop the PC space.
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#2
Vya Domus
meaning 552 *1015 floating point operations per second
I don't know what's that supposed to mean, I guess it was intended to be 5.52 * 10^17 or something ?
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#3
kapone32
Vya Domus
I don't know what's that supposed to mean, I guess it was intended to be 5.52 * 10^17 or something ?
What just happened? I did not write that response?
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Vya Domus
kapone32
What just happened? I did not write that response?
I quoted you by mistake.
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#5
kapone32
Vya Domus
I quoted you by mistake.
Oh ok
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#7
Turmania
I like to support underdogs, I just can not bring myself that Intel would become an underdog lol.
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#8
Valantar
Turmania
I like to support underdogs, I just can not bring myself that Intel would become an underdog lol.
Thankfully we're not quite there yet :P Give it another five years like this, and we'll all need to adjust to Intel being the one punching upwards.
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#9
Zach_01
Its good that AMD is gaining some market share. But...
We want competition and not underdogs IMHO.

I hope next years for Intel dont get to be "bulldozed"...
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#10
Valantar
Zach_01
Its good that AMD is gaining some market share. But...
We want competition and not underdogs IMHO.

I hope next years for Intel dont get to be "bulldozed"...
Indeed! The best we can hope for is two roughly equal competitors that can keep pushing each other to excel.
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#12
tigger
I'm the only one
Turmania
I like to support underdogs, I just can not bring myself that Intel would become an underdog lol.
They wont, they still make muuch more money than AMD
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#14
dragontamer5788
Turmania
I like to support underdogs, I just can not bring myself that Intel would become an underdog lol.
POWER10 and ARM are the underdogs in this fight, if you wanted an actual underdog to root for. Radeon "Machine Intelligence" Instinct cards are also an underdog.

AMD EPYC is... well... pretty damn good. Hard to call EPYC an underdog anymore.
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#15
Zach_01
tigger
They wont, they still make muuch more money than AMD
Yet their wafers are not well even for Discus throws sports... whats your point? Money is not always what saves the day and we have seen this a few times.

I do not believe that Intel will turn into underdog. Until they recover will be close enough (if not better for short times) to AMD in performance but loosing big in other aspects.
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#17
tigger
I'm the only one
Zach_01
Yet their wafers are not well even for Discus throws sports... whats your point? Money is not always what saves the day and we have seen this a few times.

I do not believe that Intel will turn into underdog. Until they recover will be close enough (if not better for short times) to AMD in performance but loosing big in other aspects.
The point is they wont be a underdog. anyone saying they are is a fidiot
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#18
Zach_01
tigger
The point is they wont be a underdog. anyone saying they are is a fidiot
Im also saying this but I use the "I do not believe that Intel will turn into underdog"
You seem to be like someone who has a contract with the universe that this wont happen.
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#19
tigger
I'm the only one
Zach_01
Im also saying this but I use the "I do not believe that Intel will turn into underdog"
You seem to be like someone who has a contract with the universe that this wont happen.
look at Intel's quarterly profits since zen has been out, they are still growing despite zen's success and 'shortages' and etc. etc. Intel could probably cease consumer cpu sales and still easily out-profit AMD. It's not their last chance and they are not going anywhere.

And before you start calling me a fanboy , I am not. It just bugs me when i see posts saying Intel is dead etc etc. They are very far from dead. the way things are looking with zen 3 i will probably nab a 5600x. I don't give a rats for either, i buy what is best for me at the time. All i use my rig for is gaming and vids/browsing so i dont need masses of cores, just the best gaming performance.
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#20
Zach_01
tigger
look at Intel's quarterly profits since zen has been out, they are still growing despite zen's success and 'shortages' and etc. etc. Intel could probably cease consumer cpu sales and still easily out-profit AMD. It's not their last chance and they are not going anywhere.

And before you start calling me a fanboy , I am not. It just bugs me when i see posts saying Intel is dead etc etc. They are very far from dead. the way things are looking with zen 3 i will probably nab a 5600x. I don't give a rats for either, i buy what is best for me at the time. All i use my rig for is gaming and vids/browsing so i dont need masses of cores, just the best gaming performance.
Since when, the title underdog equals dead? I think its an overeaction by some, and you too. Was AMD dead and risen from the dead?
Hell... the were... its just came to me!
Rizen, Ryzen... I guess you are right.

Come on... lets get serious shall we...?
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#21
tigger
I'm the only one
Zach_01
Since when, the title underdog equals dead? I think its an overeaction by some, and you too. Was AMD dead and risen from the dead?
Hell... the were... its just came to me!
Rizen, Ryzen... I guess you are right.

Come on... lets get serious shall we...?
Well i am sorry if my opinion offends you so much, do excuse my peasantness.
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#22
kapone32
Zach_01
Yet their wafers are not well even for Discus throws sports... whats your point? Money is not always what saves the day and we have seen this a few times.

I do not believe that Intel will turn into underdog. Until they recover will be close enough (if not better for short times) to AMD in performance but loosing big in other aspects.
Mindshare for PC enthusiasts and earnings in the space.
tigger
look at Intel's quarterly profits since zen has been out, they are still growing despite zen's success and 'shortages' and etc. etc. Intel could probably cease consumer cpu sales and still easily out-profit AMD. It's not their last chance and they are not going anywhere.

And before you start calling me a fanboy , I am not. It just bugs me when i see posts saying Intel is dead etc etc. They are very far from dead. the way things are looking with zen 3 i will probably nab a 5600x. I don't give a rats for either, i buy what is best for me at the time. All i use my rig for is gaming and vids/browsing so i dont need masses of cores, just the best gaming performance.
Everytime you sell an AMD motherboard with most Wfi 6 and 1 Gbit Intel makes money.
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#23
Zach_01
tigger
Well i am sorry if my opinion offends you so much, do excuse my peasantness.
Where did you get that from? Far from it... I even making jokes, or at least try.
And please dont try to make me look like someone conceited and snotty. Are you playing victim now or really feel like it?
Again from where?
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#24
tigger
I'm the only one
Zach_01
Where did you get that from? Far from it... I even making jokes, or at least try.
And please dont try to make me look like someone conceited and snotty. Are you playing victim now or really feel like it?
Again from where?
ok ty for your fine input.

Come on... lets get serious shall we...? don't understand this comment. serious about what?
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#25
Zach_01
tigger
serious about what?
About what we are talking about? Intel being an underdog or dead in few years... Cause cant be both. Or could be neither... who is to say for sure.
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