Supercomputers are a key market for the hardware sector, since it is where new technologies are developed that future desktop and laptop processors will use or already use simultaneously. One of these super computers has just been presented and it is the new system of the National Supercomputing Center of Singapore or NSCC.
NSCC Super Computer Specifications
The NSCC Supercomputer makes use of the AMD EPYC 7003 CPUs of the latest generation, based on the zen architecture 3 and running at a speed of 3.7 GHz. In total, more than 100,000 cores where each processor is made up of 64 cores.
But a super computer is not complete without a GPU today for parallel computing tasks, both for scientific computing and for artificial intelligence, where the NVIDIA GA100 stands out above any other GPU on the market, especially after its renewed version in the one that has doubled its memory capacity HBM2. The NSCC supercomputer has 352 GPUs for HPC NVIDIA GA100.
This Super Computer has a capacity of 10 PFLOPS, of which 6.8 PFLOPS come from the added power of the GPUs and the remaining 3.2 PFLOPS from the CPUs. The design of this super computer is based on the HPE Cray EX and it is made up of a total of 900 computing nodes.
A collaboration that could end soon
NVIDIA’s purchase of ARM will see Jen-Hsun Huang’s company enter the CPU market and they have recently revealed the development of their NVIDIA Grace CPU. Which is designed to interact with NVIDIA GPUs through the fourth generation of its NVLink interface.
So the NSCC installation will be one of the latest super computers where AMD and NVIDIA technologies are used together. Since in the future we can expect that in the future both AMD, NVIDIA and Intel will offer solutions for this type of systems in which CPUs and GPUS are integrated through proprietary interfaces, as is the case with AMD’s Infinity Fabric and the NVLink from NVIDIA.
We will not see this problem in PCs where the PCI Express interface is the absolute standard for graphic cards, so the CPU-GPU integration of super computers with components of a single brand will not be seen in the PC and the choice that characterizes it will follow. Another case will be that of laptops where integration and the inability to expand are zero and it is where we see integrated systems from a single brand.