HPE Built New Supercomputer for MIT
Hewlett Packard Enterprise has built a new supercomputer for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center. Its main purpose will be to power compute-intensive AI applications and bolster research across engineering, science, and medicine.
The new supercomputer, which the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center has named TX-GAIA (Green AI Accelerator), converges high-performance computing and AI to support workloads such as modeling and simulation and perform complex deep neural networks (DNN) and other machine learning training. It is based on the HPE Apollo 2000 system, which is purpose-built for HPC and optimized for AI, by integrating the latest Intel Xeon Scalable processors and NVIDIA GPU accelerators.
The new supercomputer has a measured performance of 4.725 petaFLOPS and will be used to support research projects that will fuel innovation in weather forecasting, medical data analysis, autonomous systems, synthetic DNA design, and new materials and devices. Additionally, the Center’s new system gets an AI performance boost, as measured by the computing speed required to perform DNNs, of a peak performance of 100 AI petaFLOPS. The new system is housed in a modular data center facility, co-developed with HPE and designed to speed deployment and reduce overall IT resources.
“We’ve seen strong industry demand for scalable performance to train higher volumes of AI that will advance science and engineering, and make breakthroughs across industries,” said Bill Mannel, vice president and general manager, HPC and AI at HPE. “Our continued partnership with MIT Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center extends the power of our HPC technologies to boost AI R&D and create new experiences.”
“At the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center, our mission is to solve the nation’s hardest technical challenges by advancing computationally intensive science, engineering, and medicine,” said Jeremy Kepner, head and founder, at MIT Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center. “By collaborating with HPC leaders like HPE, we are expanding technical capabilities to run emerging AI workloads in our supercomputer and accelerate innovation.”