Cray to build world’s fastest supercomputer for US government

The race to have the world’s fastest supercomputer has taken on a new spin with the US Department of Energy commissioning Cray to build the most powerful yet by 2021. Called Frontier, the new 1.5-exaflop supercomputer will be built on built on Cray’s Shasta supercomputing platform using AMD EPYC CPUs and Radeon Instinct GPUs.The more than US$600 million deal is touted to be seven times faster than today’s best, with the aim of hitting a quintillion calculations per second.  It will be deployed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

According to the department, Frontier will provide new capabilities for deep learning, machine learning and data analytics for applications ranging from manufacturing to human health.

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