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moinmoin

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With Sapphire Rapids delayed Intel's Aurora exascale supercomputer misses yet another date. This means Frontier is now on route of becoming the first exascale supercomputer.

 

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Minor quibble, but I think it's N6 rather than N7. Intel isn't getting any N7 wafers.

It could very well be N6. I was just reading one of the recent articles that mentioned that the the tiles of Ponte Vecchio will contain N7 and N5, but it could very well be N6 instead of N7.
 

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With such a delay, is the institution buying this computer even oblidged to still buy it? Cannot they cancel the deal and get their money back, if they already payed something?
 

DrMrLordX

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Inside view of the Aurora troubles, long twitter thread. (Mostly complaining about Intel failing scientific efforts by the repeated delays.)

Ouch.

It puts some things into perspective. Yes the Sapphire Rapids delays are as bad as any of us critics have said that they are. But, most of us in the peanut gallery will never be personally affected by said delays as much as are she and her colleagues in the hard sciences.
 

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With El Capitan en route to be installed this year it seems it's time for a change of heads.

Alan Lee, at AMD for 15 years, founder of AMD Research and head of that as well as Extreme-Scale Computing Technology (so responsible for Frontier and El Capitan), is leaving:

AMD Research will be headed by Ivo Bolsens who joined AMD with the merger of Xilinx where he was SVP and CTO:

He was CTO at Xilinx since 2001:

Recent interview:

Looks like in a way Xilinx people are taking over.
 
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DrMrLordX

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Looks like in a way Xilinx people are taking over.

Well let's face it, if you've had a wild ride like being at AMD for the last 15 years, now might be a great time to retire. Take your fat paycheck/bonus that you've gotten for finally leading AMD out of the muck and relax.

It's sad to see someone who is at least indirectly responsible for their miraculous rise from near-bankrupcy fly the coop, but at the same time he was also there through some pretty dark times and at least indirectly responsible for some real goose eggs like Bulldozer.

Let's hope Bolsens knows what he's doing.
 
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It's sad to see someone who is at least indirectly responsible for their miraculous rise from near-bankrupcy fly the coop, but at the same time he was also there through some pretty dark times and at least indirectly responsible for some real goose eggs like Bulldozer.
Most people in that position with that power are very humble people. This industry, especially at the x86 level where everything is a measuring contest for those outside of the bubble looking in egos have no place in the workplace. It's all team effort mate. Without cohesion everything falls apart. All the teams under every division and group work together to bring advancements. Most people outside of the field and the adjoining hobby will have never heard of who people like Ivo or Jim are. They might know who Moore is, and only because the press has used his name for decades to explain his theory.
 

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Over a year onward Aurora still isn't where it's supposed to be. As @adroc_thurston posted in another thread:


Money quotes:

"There's a contractual target number that is faster than Frontier," a representative responded. "So, if we're successful in reaching that number, we'll be faster than Frontier." Notably, the statement says Aurora should beat Frontier, not that it will.

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Ten long months passed between the final Aurora hardware being installed and when ANL submitted its benchmarks, raising questions about the source of the continued delay in standing up the full machine.


AMD's next supercomputer El Capitan is supposed to be completely installed by the end of this year (2024). But that will be the topic of a new thread then and I hope to be able to retire this one (i.e. Aurora is finally completed) by then.