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Intel Scalable Xeon Processors powering World’s Fastest Academic Supercomputer

Frontera is team blue.


Today in Intel news, the 5th largest supercomputer Frontera was unveiled featuring Intel® Xeon® scalable processors and Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) — which funded the system with a $60 million award — UT Austin, and technology partners Dell Technologies, Intel, Mellanox Technologies, DataDirect Networks, NVIDIA, IBM, CoolIT and Green Revolution Cooling, TACC inaugurated a new era of academic super-computing with an amazing resource that will allow the nation’s top research scientists to explore science at the largest scale and make the next generation of discoveries possible.

Frontera Super Computer featuring Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Trish Damkroger, Intel’s Vice President and General Manager, Extreme Computing



“The Frontera system will provide researchers computational and artificial intelligence capabilities that have not existed before for academic research. With Intel technology, this new supercomputer opens up new possibilities in science and engineering to advance research including cosmic understanding, medical cures and energy needs.”
–Trish Damkroger, Intel vice president and general manager, Extreme Computing Organization

Frontera Supercomputer Water Cooling Solution


As you can see in the image below the fastest academic super computer is sporting an awesome water cooling solution.

Water Cooling the Frontera Super Computer

Frontera Supercomputer will enable breakthrough research


Frontera is the world’s fastest academic supercomputer and as such Frontera will enable breakthrough research across a number of fields. These fields range from astronomy, medicine, artificial intelligence (AI), quantum mechanics and mechanical engineering.

Frontera is designed to provide approximately 40 PFLOPS of capability, which is significantly more than prior leadership-class computing investments made by NSF. The system will also house an accelerator-enabled partition to enable machine learning and more traditional science applications such as Amber, NAMD and Chroma.

Frontera Supercomputer


TACC Frontera: https://www.tacc.utexas.edu/research-development/tacc-projects/frontera

Charles Leverehttps://www.riverbankwebdesign.ca/
Charles Levere is the editor-in-chief (dork-in-chief) of Urban Dork. When he is not writing or tinkering with hardware, he is most likely playing one of his favorite video games. He also loves being near the water, kayaking, water skiing, or anything that gets him on the water and in the sun.

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