AMD Epyc processors will power Singapore’s new supercomputer

The supercomputer is planned to be fully operational by 2022 and will have a performance of 10 petaflops

AMD's Epyc 7003 series processors will power a new supercomputer at the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore which is set to aid scientific research.

The system will be based on the HPE Cray EX supercomputer and will use a combination of AMD’s Epyc 7763 and Epyc 75F3 processors. The supercomputer is planned to be fully operational by 2022 and is expected to have a peak theoretical performance of 10 petaflops, eight times faster than the NSCC’s current HPC resources.

Researchers will use the system for scientific research across biomedicine, genomics, diseases and climate.

“AMD Epyc processors are the leading choice for the HPC research that makes an impact on the world, and that’s why they have been chosen to power Singapore’s most powerful supercomputer,” said Ram Peddibhotla, corporate vice president, AMD Epyc product management. 

“We’re excited to work with HPE and the National Supercomputing Centre Singapore to help unlock scientific discoveries across medicine, diseases, climate, engineering and more.”

Last month, HPE was selected to build the new supercomputer for the NSCC Singapore and was awarded a $40 million SGD (£22 million) contract to do so. Along with HPE and AMD’s technology, the system will utilise 352 Nvidia A100 Tensor Core GPUs for HPC and AI workloads. 

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The system will also be housed in a data centre reportedly designed to increase sustainability and reduce energy consumption, with liquid-cooling capabilities to increase energy efficiency and power density by transferring heat generated by the new supercomputer with a liquid-cooled process.

Last week, the head of the country’s bank, Ravi Menon, warned that Singapore must continue to depend on foreign workers to fill roles in its tech sector over the next few years, or risk impairing the competitiveness of its financial centre and the creation of jobs. He underlined the need to build a strong local tech talent pipeline in the next few years too, which would involve the government, financial institutions and individual backers coming together.

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