Newest Big-name supercomputer May help solve some of the most important problems in astrophysics. VCs report National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center was formally established dedicated Perlmutter is known as one of the fastest supercomputers for artificial intelligence. It will first help build the largest 3D map of the visible universe ever to study the dark energy that accelerates the expansion of the universe.
The machine will process from Dark energy spectrometer Guide observation. Perlmutter will process “dozens” of galaxy exposures from a given night study to determine DESI’s next goal.
As AMD notes, The initial version of Perlmutter includes 1,536 nodes, each with a 64-core Epyc 7763 processor and four NVIDIA A100 GPUs. The result is that the system has nearly 4 exaflops of performance (plus 35 PB of storage space) when processing AI tasks, and significantly reduces computing time. Nvidia claims that Perlmutter can process a year’s DESI information in “days” instead of weeks or months.
The second phase will add 3,072 CPU-only nodes later in 2021, each with dual Epyc 7763 chips.
The map is not the only item on the deck. For example, Perlmutter will also study atomic interactions to foster clean energy technologies, such as biofuels. However, the cosmic map is ambitious and helps illustrate how much progress has been made by supercomputers to handle truly large-scale tasks.
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