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UK's ARCHER2 supercomputer to integrate ~12,000 AMD EPYC Rome CPUs

The ARCHER supercomputer currently housed by the University of Edinburgh was implemented by Cray back in 2013. (Source: HPCWire)
The ARCHER supercomputer currently housed by the University of Edinburgh was implemented by Cray back in 2013. (Source: HPCWire)
The upcoming ARCHER2 supercomputer will be housed by the University of Edinburgh and will be 11X times faster than the current ARCHER system. When it goes online by May 2020, it will become the fastest CPU-only supercomputer and be among the five fastest supercomputers in the world.
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Most of the supercomputers scheduled to go online in the next few years are located in the U.S. and China. Europe is usually trailing behind, but, with the latest developments at the University of Edinburgh from the UK, the old continent should be able to get right back in the big supercomputer leagues.
 
The University of Edinburgh will be replacing the current ARCHER supercomputer that cost 43 million pounds back in 2013 with the upcoming ARCHER2 model, whose implementation is estimated at 79 million pounds. The UK government has contracted HP subsidiary Cray to handle the implementation tasks. ARCHER2 is expected to be fully functional by May 2020 and will be powered by AMD’s EPYC Rome server-grade CPUs that should boost the peak performance by 11X over the current model. This will allow ARCHER2 to join the top 5 fastest supercomputers in the world and become the fastest CPU-only supercomputer.
 
The ARCHER2 specs list includes:

  • 28 PFLOP/s theoretical throughput
  • 5,848 compute nodes consisting of dual EPYC Rome CPUs clocked at 2.2 GHz
  • total of 748,544 cores coupled with 1.57 PBytes of RAM and 14.5 PBytes storeage
  • 1.1 PByte all-flash Lustre BurstBuffer file system
  • 1+1 PByte separate file system configured for recovery purposes
  • Cray Slinghsot 100 Gbps interconnect
  • 23 Shasta Mountain direct liquid-cooled cabinets
  • Cray Programming + Cray Linux software environments optimized for AMD’s EPYC Rome CPUs
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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1577 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2019-10-16 (Update: 2019-10-16)