Saturday, June 17, 2017

DoE Selects AMD to Help Drive Next-Generation Supercomputing Hardware Architecture

AMD today announced that it has been selected by the Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project (ECP) to accelerate critical computing technology research for the development of the nation's first exascale supercomputers. The new three-year PathForward program provides funding for research and development to drive critical advances of next-generation supercomputing hardware technologies. 

PathForward differs from previous exascale research efforts in that it puts even greater emphasis on co-design to foster innovation, encouraging close collaboration between AMD and other program participants. The PathForward program will address the four key technical challenges of exascale computing: parallelism, memory and storage, reliability, and energy consumption. AMD will work on CPU and GPU microarchitecture, memory systems, component integration, and high-speed interconnects. AMD's work for PathForward will emphasize an open, standards-based approach to heterogeneous computing to improve the performance, power-efficiency, and ease of use for exascale systems.