Hewlett Packard Enterprise this week said it had landed an order to build a new supercomputer for the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore. The new system is powered by AMD's Epyc 'Milan' processors as well as Nvidia's A100 compute GPUs; it is eight times more powerful than its predecessor. NSCC's supercomputer uses HPE's liquid-cooled Cray EX architecture and will be one of the world's first systems based on AMD's 3rd Generation Epyc 'Milan' processors based on the Zen 3 microarchitecture (around 100,000 cores in total) as well as 352 of Nvidia's A100 compute GPUs. The system will be comprised of about 900 nodes and is projected to provide an aggregate of up to 10 PFLOPS of raw FP64 compute power. The NSCC and HPE do not break down CPU and GPU performance in the system, though 352 Nvidia A100 GPUs can offer roughly 3.4 FP64 PFLOPS as well as a whopping 110 FP16 PFLOPS. Meanwhile, the system will be accompanied by a 10PB Cray ClusterStor E1000 storage system … [Read more...] about HPE to Build Supercomputer with 100K AMD Zen 3 Cores
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Designs iterate over time. Architecture designed and built in 1921 won’t look the same as a building from 1971 or from 2021. Trends change, materials evolve, and issues like sustainability gain importance, among other factors. But what if this evolution wasn’t just about the types of buildings architects design, but was, in fact, key to how they design? That’s the promise of evolutionary algorithms as a design tool. While designers have long since used tools like Computer Aided Design (CAD) to help conceptualize projects, proponents of generative design want to go several steps further. They want to use algorithms that mimic evolutionary processes inside a computer to help design buildings from the ground up. And, at least when it comes to houses, the results are pretty darn interesting. Generative design Celestino Soddu has been working with evolutionary algorithms for longer than most people working today have been using computers. A contemporary Italian architect and … [Read more...] about Algorithmic architecture: Should we let A.I. design buildings for us?