The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado has announcement that at the beginning of 2023 will take office kestrelsa new supercomputers manufactured by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) based on Intel Xeon Scalable “Sapphire Rapids” processors and, most importantly, accelerators”NVIDIA A100Next Tensor Core compute GPU”.
Kestrel (kestrel) is estimated to provide performance of approx. 44 petaflopsfive times more than the current Eagle system currently in operation at the Renewable Energy Research Center.
Generating interest in this announcement is the name “A100Next” used for the NVIDIA accelerator, which appears for all intents and purposes a placeholder for Hopper (H100)the new architecture that the company will probably present at the GTC in March 2022. On the other hand, the timing also matches.
According to the latest rumors, the GPU Hopper H100 is manufactured by TSMC at 5 nanometers and will be based on a project with more dies on the packagein line with what has been seen at AMD with the Instinct 200-series accelerators. substrate) by TSMC.
Currently no other details are known, who instead had to get the NREL to decide to trust NVIDIA’s new accelerator before the actual presentation. AMD with the new Instinct MI250 and MI250X solutions has raised the bar for double precision performance, surpassing NVIDIA by nearly five times: nearly two years after the introduction of the GA100 GPU and A100 accelerator, NVIDIA is called to a significant response, even in the face of Intel’s forthcoming entry into the Ponte Vecchio.
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