The HPC world is waiting for the next series of transitions to far larger machines with exascale capabilities. By this time next year, the bi-annual ranking of the Top500 most powerful systems will be refreshed at the top as Frontier, El Capitan, Aurora, and other DOE systems come online. While LLNL was already planning around AI acceleration for its cognitive simulation aims and had a number of clusters in the works, it was the coronavirus funding that really stepped up their HPC ambitions across a number of machines. The CARES Act allowed for expanding the size of Mammoth, the Corona supercomputer’s expansion, and the same goes for the newest addition, Ruby. Read more at The Next Platform.
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