Tuesday, July 6th 2021

AMD MI200 "Aldebaran" Memory Size of 128GB Per Package Confirmed

The 128 GB per package memory size of AMD's upcoming Instinct MI200 HPC accelerator was confirmed, in a document released by Pawsey SuperComputing Centre, a Perth, Australia-based supercomputing firm that's popular with mineral prospecting companies located there. The company is currently working on Setonix, a 50-petaFLOP supercomputer being put together by HP Enterprise, which combines over 750 next-generation "Aldebaran" GPUs (referenced only as "AMD MI-Next GPUs"); and over 200,000 AMD EPYC "Milan" processor cores (the actual processor package count would be lower, and depend on the various core configs the builder is using).

The Pawsey document mentions 128 GB as the per-GPU memory. This corresponds with the rumored per-package memory of "Aldebaran." Recently imagined by Locuza_, an enthusiast who specializes in annotation of logic silicon dies, "Aldebaran" is a multi-chip module of two logic dies and eight HBM2E stacks. Each of the two logic dies, or chiplets, has 8,192 CDNA2 stream processors that add up to 16,384 on the package; and each of the two dies is wired to four HBM2E stacks over a 4096-bit memory bus. These are 128 Gbit (16 GB) stacks, so we have 64 GB memory per logic die, and 128 GB on the package. Find other drool worthy specs of the Pawsey Setonix in the screengrab below.
Sources: HPC Wire, VideoCardz
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6 Comments on AMD MI200 "Aldebaran" Memory Size of 128GB Per Package Confirmed

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medi01
I wonder if 3D stacking (not sure if that's the right term) was used.
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btarunr
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medi01I wonder if 3D stacking (not sure if that's the right term) was used.
The way Locuza_ describes it, they've stuck to a traditional 2.5D design, with a silicon interposer that has the chiplets and HBM stacks on top.
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Vya Domus
medi01I wonder if 3D stacking (not sure if that's the right term) was used.
These are apparently MCM so it's basically two GPUs with HBM per board, you don't need stacking.
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Midland Dog
first person account says false, 6210 mandurah, wa
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ur6beersaway
"mineral prospecting companies" is that an fancy Australian way to say "miners" will be using this thing? I'll show myself out........
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