Installation of the Exascale “Frontier” supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is underway


A exascale supercomputer called Frontier is now installed and integrated with the Leadership Computing Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and some researchers are expected to have access to the machine in the summer of 2022, Nextgov reported Thursday.

“Some early adopters will have access to Frontier this summer to help harden the system for full user operations on January 1, 2023,” Justin whitt, program director for Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, told the publication Wednesday.

In May 2019, the Department of Energy awarded Cray a potential $ 600 million contract to build the Frontier supercomputer, which will integrate Advanced Micro Devices technologies.

In September of the same year, Hewlett Packard Enterprise closed its acquisition by Cray four months after its first announced the deal.

Whitt said Frontier will not only provide simulation and modeling capabilities, but will also provide “unprecedented opportunities to use artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques for issues of global significance, such as the discovery of new models in patient data for precision medicine, the discovery of the origins of disease, the shedding of light on new material properties and the advancement of research in high energy physics.

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