Delivering HPC Technology Breakthroughs to Address Science’s Toughest Challenges

On the heels of the announcement on Aurora with Argonne National Labs and the United States Department of Energy, I am proud and excited about the announcement of the latest additions to our comprehensive high performance computing (HPC) solution portfolio from Intel Data-Centric Innovation Day, including 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 processors, and Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory. With these advancements, Intel® architecture continues to provide the best platform for today’s cutting edge simulation and modeling, scientific visualization, and converged AI-HPC workloads.

As Intel pushes the envelope on performance and innovation, these latest additions to Intel’s technology portfolio will continue to drive unprecedented explorations in science and discovery.

A Complete Portfolio for Cutting-Edge HPC

Here are a few highlights from our Data-Centric Innovation Day technologies that offer the powerful, balanced performance needed for today’s diverse HPC workloads.

  • 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, previously codenamed Cascade Lake, are designed to deliver advanced HPC capabilities, helping unlock insights from data more quickly and accelerating product innovation. With this newest generation of processors, we’re seeing an up to 1.33x average performance improvement in comparison to the previous generation’s Intel Xeon Gold mainstream processors.1
  • Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 processors, previously codenamed Cascade Lake Advanced Performance, are architected to deliver performance leadership across the widest range of demanding workloads2 with unprecedented memory bandwidth and more memory channels than any other CPU.3 Following its previous announcement from Supercomputing 2018, we have now introduced a 56-core offering in the Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 processors product line which delivers an up to 2X average performance improvement in comparison to the previous generation Intel Xeon Platinum 8180 processor.4
  • Intel Optane DC persistent memory brings large, affordable, persistent data closer to compute than ever before, fundamentally reworking the storage pyramid and enabling new opportunities for large scale simulation and modeling, data analysis, and AI applications. Large amounts of persistent memory in proximity to compute will be particularly important for fault tolerance, data transfer, and storage for multi-terabyte simulations, models, and in-memory databases.

In addition to these leading ingredients, customers can look to our Intel® Select Solutions for High Performance Computing for full-stack hardware and software solutions that accelerate system selection and deployment with verified infrastructure optimized for key HPC applications. We announced at Data Centric Innovation Day that Intel Select Solutions for HPC & AI Converged Clusters will soon be available and will make it easier than ever before to run advanced AI workloads alongside traditional HPC workloads. Advania Data Center is planning to offer the new solution later this year. Refreshed versions of Intel Select Solutions for Simulation and Modeling, Professional Visualization, and Genomics Analytics with 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors will be available soon.

Delivering New Scientific Opportunities

Customers around the world are already deploying leadership HPC systems based on technologies featured at Intel Data-Centric Innovation Day.

The North-German Supercomputing Alliance has selected Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 processors for its HLRN-IV system, which will support demanding research projects from seven of Germany’s sixteen states. Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 processors will provide the real-world performance that North-German Supercomputing Alliance needs to drive more and more compute- and data-intensive applications across diverse disciplines like math, earth sciences, chemistry, physics, and bio-sciences.

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) will use Intel Xeon Platinum 8200 processors and Intel Optane DC persistent memory for its Frontera system. This system will provide researchers the groundbreaking computing capabilities needed to grapple with some of science’s largest challenges. Frontera will provide greater processing and memory capacity than TACC has ever had, accelerating existing research and enabling new projects that would not have been possible with previous systems.

Enabling the Future of High-Performance Computing

The most exciting elements of my job are the innovations occurring, the insights being delivered, and the opportunity to develop solutions that will continue drive scientific discoveries, whether it be through systems like Aurora or your own organization’s HPC deployment. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues in the HPC community to develop many more systems like these for scientists around the world.

To learn more about Intel architecture for high-performance computing, please visit intel.com/hpc and follow me on Twitter at @Trish_Damkroger. For more information on how to accelerate your data insights and building your infrastructure, visit intel.com/yourdata.


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1 Up to 33% average generational gains on Intel Xeon Gold mainstream CPUs: Geomean of est SPECrate2017_int_base, est SPECrate2017_fp_base, STREAM-Triad, Intel® Distribution of LINPACK, server-side Java*. Gold 5218 vs Gold 5118: 1-node, 2x Intel® Xeon® Gold 5218 cpu on Wolf Pass with 384 GB (12 X 32GB 2933 (2666))  total memory, ucode 0x4000013 on RHEL7.6, 3.10.0-957.el7.x86_64, IC18u2, AVX2, HT on all (off Stream, LINPACK), Turbo on, result: est int throughput=162, est fp throughput=172, STREAM-Triad=185, LINPACK=1088, server-side java=98333, test by Intel on 12/7/2018.  1-node, 2x Intel® Xeon® Gold 5118 cpu on Wolf Pass with 384 GB (12 X 32GB 2666 (2400))  total memory, ucode 0x200004D on RHEL7.6, 3.10.0-957.el7.x86_64, IC18u2, AVX2, HT on all (off Stream, LINPACK), Turbo on, result: est int throughput=119, est fp throughput=134, STREAM-Triad=148.6, LINPACK=822, server-side Java=67434, test by Intel on 11/12/2018

2 Performance leadership across the widest array of demanding workloads based on intel.ly/2VUvY2I.

3 Native DDR memory bandwidth.

4 2x average generational gains on 2-socket servers with 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Platinum 9200 processor. Geomean of est SPECrate2017_int_base, est SPECrate2017_fp_base, Stream Triad, Intel Distribution of Linpack, server side Java. Platinum 92xx vs Platinum 8180: 1-node, 2x Intel® Xeon® Platinum 9282 cpu on Walker Pass with 768 GB (24x 32GB 2933) total memory, ucode 0x400000A on RHEL7.6, 3.10.0-957.el7.x86_64, IC19u1, AVX512, HT on all (off Stream, Linpack), Turbo on all (off Stream, Linpack), result: est int throughput=635, est fp throughput=526, Stream Triad=407, Linpack=6411, server side java=332913, test by Intel on 2/16/2019. vs. 1-node, 2x Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 cpu on Wolf Pass with 384 GB (12 X 32GB 2666) total memory, ucode 0x200004D on RHEL7.6, 3.10.0-957.el7.x86_64, IC19u1, AVX512, HT on all (off Stream, Linpack), Turbo on all (off Stream, Linpack), result: est int throughput=307, est fp throughput=251, Stream Triad=204, Linpack=3238, server side java=165724, test by Intel on 1/29/2019.

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Trish Damkroger

About Trish Damkroger

Trish Damkroger is Vice President and General Manager of the Technical Computing Initiative (TCI) in Intel’s Data Center Group. She leads Intel’s global Technical Computing business and is responsible for developing and executing Intel’s strategy, building customer relationships and defining a leading product portfolio for Technical Computing workloads, including emerging areas such as high performance analytics, HPC in the cloud, and artificial intelligence. Trish’s Technical Computing portfolio includes traditional HPC platforms, workstations, processors and all aspects of solutions including industry leading compute, storage, network and software products. Ms. Damkroger has more than 27 years of technical and managerial roles both in the private sector and within the United States Department of Energy, she was the Associate Director of Computation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory leading a 1,000 person group that is one of the world’s leading supercomputing and scientific experts. Since 2006, Ms. Damkroger has been a leader of the annual Supercomputing Conference series, the premier international meeting for high performance computing. Trish has been the General Chair for HPC’s premier industry event Supercomputing Conference 2014 and has been nominated the Vice-Chair for upcoming Supercomputing Conference in 2018 and has held many other committee positions. Ms. Damkroger has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Trish was nominated and selected for the HPC Wire’s People to Watch list in 2014 and recently in March 2018.