News AMD and Arm Form the Backbone of EU's 400 Petaflops "EuroExa" Supercomputer

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Thank you for the extremely interesting article! If you take a deeper look to the EuroExa site, you will find that the Arm CPUs are in fact Xilinx SOCs with FPGA parts to be programmed by Maxeler which is BTW a close alliance partner of Xilinx. This could mean that we see here one of the first huge deployments benefiting from the anticipated merger of AMD and Xilinx!

In the documentation this information is somewhat hidden in the background while the role of Arm and Maxeler is highlighted. The reason seems to be that this is an european project and the participants want to point out the importance of european companies with both Arm and Maxeler are being located in England.
 

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Did anyone else read this and first think they were talking about RGB and then upon rereading it thought they were talking about CBD?

To facilitate the integration of all of these hardware pieces working in concert, the grant has also been used in the development of a Co-design Recommended Daughter Board (CRDB). The CRDB will include all the hardware parts (from AMD, Arm, and Maxeler), and will enable a direct connection to a smart IO controller, unifying storage and communication services with the application host. These CRDB units will then be scaled, with 16 of these CRDB modules deployed across four multi-carriers to create a single Open Compute Unit blade (1OU).
 
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Thank you for the extremely interesting article! If you take a deeper look to the EuroExa site, you will find that the Arm CPUs are in fact Xilinx SOCs with FPGA parts to be programmed by Maxeler which is BTW a close alliance partner of Xilinx. This could mean that we see here one of the first huge deployments benefiting from the anticipated merger of AMD and Xilinx!

In the documentation this information is somewhat hidden in the background while the role of Arm and Maxeler is highlighted. The reason seems to be that this is an european project and the participants want to point out the importance of european companies with both Arm and Maxeler are being located in England.
Hey, Nikolaus! Thank you for your kind words. Thank you for that info; I scoured the website, but never managed to find information on the FPGA manufacturer. You raise solid points on the Maxeler references and the AMD/Xilinx deal, I believe that's the case as well.

I'll update the article accordingly. Thanks again!
 
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The infos are in the latest youtube video in the media section pretty much at the end around 1h:33m where AMD Epyc and Xilinx are mentioned but it's hard to understand how Xilinx is exactly involved …
 

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