News US Navy Installing AMD Epyc, Nvida Volta-Powered Supercomputer

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the supercomputer will come packing AMD Epyc CPUs and Nvidia Volta V100 GPUs.
I sure hope they got a good deal on those > 2.5 year old GPUs. Maybe the plan is also to upgrade them, once the next gen is out. 112 doesn't sound like too many, but then list price is $10k, each.
 

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I sure hope they got a good deal on those > 2.5 year old GPUs. Maybe the plan is also to upgrade them, once the next gen is out. 112 doesn't sound like too many, but then list price is $10k, each.
They go for less though, and they must have got a better deal on them when buying 112 of them. But i agree it better be a good one at this point. Then again who knows when the next gen will come. If they need it now, they will get it now. It's not like the private marked that can just wait for next gen.
 
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According to this, the next-gen HPC model sounds like it'll be shipping this summer.

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/cray-supercomputer-indiana-university-amd-nvidia
I did read that article earlier, but it only states that they are planning to install the GPU's in the upcoming fall or i'm i missing something?

I guess it would make sense if Nvidia do reveal more information or release date in the keynote in March as stated in the article, that they would most likely be released in the summer, which then again lines up with the planned installation in the fall.

Will be interesting to see if this actually does happen. Then we can look at that as an early leak of the release date/period.

Edit; Forgot, that it mentions they postponed the installation of the GPU's until the summer, with planned installation in fall. So in other words, they postponed it until the fall.
 
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I sure hope they got a good deal on those > 2.5 year old GPUs. Maybe the plan is also to upgrade them, once the next gen is out. 112 doesn't sound like too many, but then list price is $10k, each.
Oh, wow. The GPUs are two and a half years old. They won't be able to play Duke Nukem. BIG DEAL! The machines are being used for scientific research, not to pleasure living at home geeks.
 

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Oh, wow. The GPUs are two and a half years old. They won't be able to play Duke Nukem. BIG DEAL! The machines are being used for scientific research, not to pleasure living at home geeks.
I'm not sure why you'd think we don't know that.

Check out the article I linked, above. Nvidia seems set to launch a newer HPC GPU to replace the V100. GPUs are still improving at a much faster rate than CPUs. If you know anything about HPC, they not only care about performance, but also TFLOPS/W, both of which are substantially improved in the newer generation - so much so, that Indiana University delayed their deployment for it.
 

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