Intel claims that Frontera can achieve up to 38.7 petaflops per second, making it the fastest computer in the world to support academic work in modeling and simulation, big data and machine learning. In contrast, Stampede 2 has a peak performance of 18 petaflops.
"The Frontier a system will provide the researchers with unprecedented computational and artificial intelligence capabilities for academic research,", General Manager, "With Intel's technology, the new supercomputer opens up new possibilities in the field of science and engineering, and can advance research, including the understanding of the universe, medical treatment and energy demand." Intel Vice President and Intel's Extreme Computing Organization, said.
Most of Frontera's nodes use liquid cooling, and each node is expected to consume approximately 65 kilowatts of electricity, most of which comes from solar and wind power.
On the storage side, Frontera uses four different channels built by DataDirect Networks for a total of more than 50PB and 3PB of NAND flash, which means that each node has approximately 480GB.SSDstorage. Three of the channels are interoperable, while the fourth channel has a fast connection of 1.5TB per second.
Frontera has now been used to simulate neutron star impact fusion and attempt to explain the origin of the burst energy in its process. In addition, academic teams have used it to establish biophysical models of brain tumor development to more effectively diagnose and treat gliomas. The University of North Carolina is using Frontera to train an artificial intelligence model that describes the force field and potential energy of a molecule based on its three-dimensional structure.
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