HPE has unveiled Frontier, the world’s first and fastest Exascale Supercomputer. Frontier, a powerful supercomputer developed for the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was unveiled by Hewlett Packard Enterprise on Monday (ORNL). Frontier claims to be the world’s most energy-efficient supercomputer, claiming to be 32% more efficient than the previous top system.
Scientists will be able to model and simulate at an exascale level to solve issues that are 8X more complicated and up to 10X faster using the supercomputer, which is estimated to be more powerful than the next seven greatest supercomputers in the world.
In crucial fields like cancer and disease detection and prognosis, drug research, renewable energy, and new materials to make safer and greener products, the impact will be considerable. Fugaku, a Japanese supercomputer jointly constructed by RIKEN and Fujitsu Limited based on Arm technology, achieved the top spot on the Top500 list, a rating of the world’s fastest supercomputers, two years ago in June 2020.
It was a watershed moment for technology that is used in research, medicine, and other fields at the time.A group of experts releases the TOP500 ranking every June and November. The Japanese-built Fugaku has held the top spot since June 2020, and after capturing its fourth consecutive title in 2021, the Fugaku relinquished its title this week to a US-built supercomputer known as the Frontier, as experts predicted.
Pundits predicted this, given the increased competitiveness in this field between Japan, the United States, and China. According to the results of the US-European TOP500 project, the Frontier supercomputer built by Hewlett Packard Enterprise for the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is 2.5 times faster than Fugaku’s.
That Nevertheless, it is unavoidable that the Japanese government will soon embark on full-scale research to develop a successor to Fugaku, which came in second place on the list. “As a supercomputer, what distinguishes Frontier?” Frontier came up on top in an international convention of computer specialists’ Top500 ranking, with 1.1 quintillion cycles per second.
Frontier is classified as “exa-class,” which means it can perform more than a quintillion (a 1 followed by 18 zeros) calculations per second. At 442 quadrillion cycles per second, this is more than quadruple the speed of Japan’s Fugaku supercomputer.
In a statement, HPE stated, “Frontier will accelerate discoveries, make breakthroughs, and address the world’s biggest challenges.” Scientists will be able to model and simulate at an exascale level, allowing them to tackle issues that are 8X more complicated and up to 10X faster. With a theoretical peak performance of 2 exaflops, Frontier is likely to attain even higher speeds.
Frontier also took first place in a category called mixed-precision computing, which measures performance in artificial intelligence formats, with a score of 6.88 exaflops. To top it off, the new supercomputer was named the world’s most energy efficient supercomputer on the Green500 list, with 52.23 gigaflops performance per watt, making it 32% more energy efficient than Japan’s Fugaku.
Overall, the supercomputer will have an impact in fields including cancer and disease diagnosis and prediction, drug research, renewable energy, and novel materials to create safer and more sustainable goods. “Frontier is a first-of-its-kind system that was envisioned by engineers, scientists, and researchers to unleash a new level of power to produce open science, AI, and other breakthroughs, that will benefit humanity,” said Justin Hotard, HPE’s executive VP of and general manager for HPC &AI.
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