Intel’s Xe GPU is sweet sufficient that the US authorities is prepared to spend $500m on it

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Intel Aurora supercomputer

Intel is constructing the primary exaFLOP supercomputer for the U.S. Department of Energy, powered by Intel Xe. Coming in at over $500 million, the Intel and Cray Inc. Aurora machine will utilise the very newest expertise, together with Intel’s unreleased and untested Intel Xe graphics structure, to ship unprecedented efficiency in each high-performance and synthetic intelligence workloads.

The DOE will probably be operating Aurora on the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, its quintillion floating level computations per second working in direction of bettering “extreme weather forecasting, accelerating medical treatments, mapping the human brain, developing new materials, and further understanding the universe.” But can it run Crysis?

It most likely can. That’s as a result of Aurora will even see Intel roll out its Intel Xe graphics tech, the graphics structure powering the corporate’s first discrete graphics card in 2020, on a mass scale. Intel has at all times deliberate on concentrating on every thing from built-in proper the way in which as much as datacenter and AI graphics with Intel Xe, and the Aurora supercomputer, to be delivered in 2021, will probably be one other formidable goal for Intel’s dev crew.

We haven’t heard an excellent deal about Intel’s Xe structure, however we do know that it is going to be constructed upon the building blocks of its Gen11 integrated graphics quickly to be fitted into Intel Ice Lake CPU silicon. Gen11 iGPUs will probably be constructed upon the 10nm course of node, permitting as much as 64 EUs and doubling performance-per-clock of the earlier, 24 EU, iGPUs present in at present’s 14nm processors.

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But as a result of so little is understood about Intel’s Xe structure, the very fact alone that the DOE is ready to spend $500 million on it’s noteworthy in and of itself. Either Intel is terribly proficient in The Art of the Deal, or its proved Intel Xe, within the labs, is well worth the funding. With that 2020 launch window quick approaching, Intel should have one thing to point out for its exhausting work by now.

Intel’s additionally becoming Aurora with a future technology of Intel Xeon Scalable processors, possible a 10nm structure by at present’s roadmaps; Intel Optane reminiscence, and Intel’s One API software program. All of that will probably be pieced collectively by Cray into over 200 cupboards, and Cray’s high-performance interconnect. Mellanox will probably be resentful… as a result of Nvidia just acquired the HPC networking company for $6.9bn. Moving swiftly on.

“There is tremendous scientific benefit to our nation that comes from collaborations like this one with the Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory, and industry partners Intel and Cray,” lab director, Paul Kearns, says. “Argonne’s Aurora system is built for next-generation artificial intelligence and will accelerate scientific discovery by combining high-performance computing and artificial intelligence to address real world problems.”