Today the University of Miami (UM) announced that their new Triton supercomputer is installed and helping their researchers explore new frontiers of science. The new supercomputer will be UM's first GPU-accelerated HPC system, representing a completely new approach to computational and data science for the university's campuses. Built using IBM Power Systems AC922 servers, the new HPC system was designed to maximize data movement between the IBM POWER9 CPU and attached accelerators like GPUs. With advances in artificial intelligence and science, we wanted to advance our research with this new generation of supercomputer and enable more discoveries," said Nicholas Tsinoremas, director of the University of Miami Center for Computational Science and vice provost for data and research computing. "Advances in data science and big data drove us to this new technology." The new high-performance system uses the same AI-optimized architecture as the most powerful supercomputers in the world, the U.S. Department of Energy's Summit and Sierra supercomputers. The $3.7 million system was assembled and validated distally by IBM and the University's Center for Computational Science (CCS) personnel. CCS personnel along with UM investigators have been installing and testing software since its arrival to UM's downtown facility last month. Modern computational science requires a system that can handle the demands of Big Data, classic modeling and simulation, as well as the analytical techniques of artificial intelligence," said David Turek, Vice President of Exascale Systems for IBM Cognitive Systems.
Supercomputers are in the news. The biggest news is, with the latest Top 500 listing, all the world's fastest supercomputers are running at Petaflop speeds or faster. Of those, number eleven, the IBM-built Pangea III supercomputer, runs for a private company. And, Nvidia is adding support for Arm's CPU architecture to its GPU platform to create energy efficient supercomputing. What do all these have in common?
This week, the China's Sunway TaihuLight officially became the fastest supercomputer in the world. What used to be an arms race for supercomputing primacy among technological nations has turned into a blowout. The Sunway TaihuLight is indeed a monster: theoretical peak performance of 125 petaflops, 10,649,600 cores, and 1.31 petabytes of primary memory. Former Indiana Pacers center Rik Smits is big. This is, like, mountain big.