Tuesday, 23 June 2020 01:01

Nvidia powers more Top500 systems

By
Nvidia's PCIe A100 GPU card Nvidia's PCIe A100 GPU card

Eight of the top 10 supercomputers on the latest Top500 list use Nvidia GPUs, Nvidia Mellanox InifiniBand networking, or both. Nvidia used the occasion to make several other announcements.

It's not just the very fastest supercomputers that use Nvidia GPUs: two-thirds of the Top500 systems include the company's products, Nvidia officials announced.

Two years ago, Nvidia or Mellanox components were in just over 40% of the then Top500 systems.

Nvidia Selene (part of the company's internal research cluster) is the fastest industrial supercomputer in the US, the second fastest in the world, and taking a creditable seventh place on the Top500 list.

Comprising 280 DGX A100 servers containing a total of 2,240 A100 GPUs, 494 Mellanox InfiniBand switches and 7PB of flash storage, it delivers more than 1 exaflops on an AI benchmark.

It delivers more than 20gigaflops per watt (putting it close to the top of the Green500 list), and was built in less than a month following Nvidia's reference architecture.

Using just 16 of its DGX A100 servers, Selene set a TPCx-BB benchmark record, performing 19.5 times faster than the previous record.

According to Nvidia, achieving the same performance with CPUs rather than GPUs would require 16 times as many servers, more than five times as many racks, three times as much power, and would cost seven times more.

Apache Spark 3.0 is now GPU accelerated for data preparation as well as model training, allowing a single pipeline and simpler infrastructure.

The company also announced the first product that aligns Nvidia's strengths with those of recently acquired networking vendor Mellanox.

UFM Cyber-AI reads and processes network telemetry from supercomputers, explained senior vice president of marketing Gilad Shainer, and applies machine learning to sense or predict failures, or to detect suspicious activity.

Predicting failures allows systems managers to fix issues before failure occurs, thus improving availability, and the recent cases where European supercomputers were illegitimately commandeered to mine cryptocurrency could have been detected along with other abnormal behaviour, he said.

In related news, Nvidia revealed a PCIe version of its A100 GPU card. It has the same peak performance as the existing A100 SXM board, but is designed for incorporation in mainstream servers and has a lower thermal design power.

Major server vendors including Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, HP Enterprise and Lenovo have announced support for the card, and around 50 servers using the PCIe A100 are expected to be available by the end of the year.

The PCIe A100 is an OEM product and will not be sold separately.

"Adoption of Nvidia A100 GPUs into leading server manufacturers' offerings is outpacing anything we've previously seen," said Nvidia vice president and general manager of accelerated computing Ian Buck.

"The sheer breadth of Nvidia A100 servers coming from our partners ensures that customers can choose the very best options to accelerate their data centres for high utilisation and low total cost of ownership."


Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here

PROMOTE YOUR WEBINAR ON ITWIRE

It's all about Webinars.

Marketing budgets are now focused on Webinars combined with Lead Generation.

If you wish to promote a Webinar we recommend at least a 3 to 4 week campaign prior to your event.

The iTWire campaign will include extensive adverts on our News Site itwire.com and prominent Newsletter promotion https://itwire.com/itwire-update.html and Promotional News & Editorial. Plus a video interview of the key speaker on iTWire TV https://www.youtube.com/c/iTWireTV/videos which will be used in Promotional Posts on the iTWire Home Page.

Now we are coming out of Lockdown iTWire will be focussed to assisting with your webinatrs and campaigns and assassistance via part payments and extended terms, a Webinar Business Booster Pack and other supportive programs. We can also create your adverts and written content plus coordinate your video interview.

We look forward to discussing your campaign goals with you. Please click the button below.

MORE INFO HERE!

INTRODUCING ITWIRE TV

iTWire TV offers a unique value to the Tech Sector by providing a range of video interviews, news, views and reviews, and also provides the opportunity for vendors to promote your company and your marketing messages.

We work with you to develop the message and conduct the interview or product review in a safe and collaborative way. Unlike other Tech YouTube channels, we create a story around your message and post that on the homepage of ITWire, linking to your message.

In addition, your interview post message can be displayed in up to 7 different post displays on our the iTWire.com site to drive traffic and readers to your video content and downloads. This can be a significant Lead Generation opportunity for your business.

We also provide 3 videos in one recording/sitting if you require so that you have a series of videos to promote to your customers. Your sales team can add your emails to sales collateral and to the footer of their sales and marketing emails.

See the latest in Tech News, Views, Interviews, Reviews, Product Promos and Events. Plus funny videos from our readers and customers.

SEE WHAT'S ON ITWIRE TV NOW!

BACK TO HOME PAGE
Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous

WEBINARS ONLINE & ON-DEMAND

GUEST ARTICLES

VENDOR NEWS

Guest Opinion

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News

Comments