Thursday, May 6th 2021

Intel Ponte Vecchio GPU Scores Another Win in Leibniz Supercomputing Centre

Today, Lenovo in partnership with Intel has announced that Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) is building a supercomputer powered by Intel's next-generation technologies. Specifically, the supercomputer will use Intel's Sapphire Rapids CPUs in combination with the highly-teased Ponte Vecchio GPUs to power the applications running at Leibniz Supercomputing Centre. Along with the various processors, the LRZ will also deploy Intel Optane persistent memory to process the huge amount of data the LRZ has and is producing. The integration of HPC and AI processing will be enabled by the expansion of LRZ's current supercomputer called SuperMUG-NG, which will receive an upgrade in 2022, which will feature both Sapphire Rapids and Ponte Vecchio.

Mr. Raja Koduri, Intel graphics guru, has on Twitter teased that this supercomputer installment will represent a combination of Sapphire Rapids, Ponte Vecchio, Optane, and One API all in one machine. The system will use over one petabyte of Distributed Asynchronous Object Storage (DAOS) based on the Optane technologies. Then, Mr. Koduri has teased some Ponte Vecchio eye candy, which is a GIF of tiles combining to form a GPU, which you can check out here. You can also see some pictures of Ponte Vecchio below.
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Sources: LRZ, Raja Koduri (Twitter)
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8 Comments on Intel Ponte Vecchio GPU Scores Another Win in Leibniz Supercomputing Centre

#1
john_
Leibniz: We are thinking EPYC and Ampere
Intel: We can offer you Xeon at half the price.
Leibniz: Still expensive.
Intel: Half the price of what EPYC costs, not half the price of our prices for Xeon.
Leibniz: Keep talking.
Intel: And of course we are offering you our new Intel Ponte Vecchio GPUs
Leibniz: Price?
Intel: Half of what Ampere will cost you.
Leibniz: We will have to think about it, but don't hold your breath.
Intel: A quarter of the price?
Leibniz: Deal!

Intel: Another win that proves Xeon's and Ponte Veccio's acceptance in the industry.


The above dialog is pure fantasy of course.
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#2
W1zzard
john_Leibniz: We are thinking EPYC and Ampere
Intel: We can offer you Xeon at half the price.
Leibniz: Still expensive.
Intel: Half the price of what EPYC costs, not half the price of our prices for Xeon.
Leibniz: Keep talking.
Intel: And of course we are offering you our new Intel Ponte Vecchio GPUs
Leibniz: Price?
Intel: Half of what Ampere will cost you.
Leibniz: We will have to think about it, but don't hold your breath.
Intel: A quarter of the price?
Leibniz: Deal!

Intel: Another win that proves Xeon's and Ponte Veccio's acceptance in the industry.


The above dialog is pure fantasy of course.
isn't this how business works?
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#3
john_
W1zzardisn't this how business works?
I don't believe Intel was working like this only a few years ago. In my opinion they where more like

Leibniz: We need to build a supercomputer with these specs.
Intel: Well, here is the list of the materials and the bill.
Leibniz: Can you offer a better deal?
Intel: We can cut from the specs and make it cheaper. Slower, but cheaper.
Leibniz: No, no, we need the computation power. We'll cut expenses from somewhere else.
Intel: Nice doing business with you.
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#4
Vayra86
Magical Tiles, Raja?

Oh man they're in deep.
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#5
W1zzard
john_I don't believe Intel was working like this only a few years ago. In my opinion they where more like

Leibniz: We need to build a supercomputer with these specs.
Intel: Well, here is the list of the materials and the bill.
Leibniz: Can you offer a better deal?
Intel: We can cut from the specs and make it cheaper. Slower, but cheaper.
Leibniz: No, no, we need the computation power. We'll cut expenses from somewhere else.
Intel: Nice doing business with you.
W1zzardisn't this how business works?
:D:roll:

You're 100% correct of course
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#6
1d10t
Then, Mr. Koduri has teased some Ponte Vecchio eye candy, which is a GIF of tiles combining to form a GPU, which you can check out here.
And thats all you need, a fancy GIF to win a contract.
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#7
ypsylon
Intel cannot shake off their association with Apple.

On one slide they talk about Magical Tiles. Magic mouse, magic trackpad, magic keyboard and now magic tiles. It all fits in so well. :D

Kudos for innovating, naming is bonkers to say the least, but also classic Intel.
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#8
Houd.ini
Vayra86Magical Tiles, Raja?

Oh man they're in deep.
I am so glad they are magical, I don't know what I would have done without them.
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