Intel says Aurora supercomputer is the fastest AI system in the world

Intel announced that the Aurora supercomputer has broken the exascale barrier at 1.012 exaflops at ISC High Performance 2024.
Aurora is the fastest AI supercomputerIntel, in collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), said the Aurora supercomputer is the fastest AI system in the world dedicated to AI for open science, achieving 10.6 AI exaflops.

Intel will also detail the crucial role of open ecosystems in driving AI-accelerated high performance computing (HPC).

“The Aurora supercomputer surpassing exascale will allow it to pave the road to tomorrow’s discoveries,” said Ogi Brkic, Intel vice president and general manager of Data Center AI Solutions.

Aurora will allow researchers to use generative AI models to accelerate scientific discovery. Argonne’s early AI-driven research has resulted into success stories such as mapping the human brain’s 80 billion neurons, high-energy particle physics enhanced by deep learning, and drug design and discovery accelerated by machine learning, among others.

Aurora supercomputer has 166 racks, 10,624 compute blades, 21,248 Intel Xeon CPU Max Series processors and 63,744 Intel Data Center GPU Max Series units. Aurora also includes the largest open, Ethernet-based supercomputing interconnect on a single system of 84,992 HPE slingshot fabric endpoints.

Aurora supercomputer came in second on the high-performance LINPACK (HPL) benchmark but broke the exascale barrier at 1.012 exaflops utilizing 9,234 nodes, only 87 percent of the system.

Aurora supercomputer also secured the third spot on the high-performance conjugate gradient (HPCG) benchmark at 5,612 teraflops per second (TF/s) with 39 percent of the machine.

This benchmark aims to assess more realistic scenarios providing insights into communication and memory access patterns, which are important factors in real-world HPC applications. It complements benchmarks like LINPACK by offering a comprehensive view of a system’s capabilities.

Aurora supercomputer is powered by the Intel Data Center GPU Max Series. The Intel Xe GPU architecture is foundational to the Max Series, featuring specialized hardware like matrix and vector compute blocks optimized for both AI and HPC tasks.

The Intel Xe architecture’s design is contributing to compute performance of the Aurora supercomputer that secured the top spot in the high-performance LINPACK-mixed precision (HPL-MxP) benchmark.

The result from the mixed-precision AI benchmark will be foundational for Intel’s next-generation GPU for AI and HPC, code-named Falcon Shores. Falcon Shores will leverage the Intel Xe architecture with the best of Intel Gaudi. This integration enables a unified programming interface.

Results on Intel Xeon 6 with P-cores and Multiplexer Combined Ranks (MCR) memory at 8800 megatransfers per second (MT/s) deliver up to 2.3x performance improvement for  HPC applications, like Nucleus for European Modeling of the Ocean (NEMO), when compared to the previous generation, setting a strong foundation as the preferred host CPU choice for HPC solutions.

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