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High-Performance Computing Advances in Texas with 3rd Gen EPYC™ Processors

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As the world came together last year in an effort to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, UT Austin was one of the recipients of our AMD COVID-19 HPC Fund, allowing their researchers access to petaflop-scale compute power via systems with AMD EPYC processors and AMD Instinct accelerators. As these researchers continue to study COVID-19 and other diseases, as well as extreme weather and drug discovery, we are thrilled to keep supporting their additional high-performance computing (HPC) systems.

Lonestar6 System powered by AMD EPYC processorsLonestar6 System powered by AMD EPYC processorsThe Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) launched Lonestar6, a Dell Technologies supercomputer powered by AMD EPYC processors that will be capable of up to three petaflops of computation – roughly 3 quadrillion operations per second! Sporting the latest AMD EPYC 7003 Series processors, that are designed to deliver leading performance, Lonestar 6 will be the seventh fastest supercomputer at a U.S. university and three times more powerful than the Lonestar 5 system that it replaces. In fact, with an AMD campus located in Austin, Texas, we get to experience this system come to life right in our backyard.

Supercomputing drives answers to some of life’s biggest questions, spanning medical, bioinformatics and social sciences. With infinite topics to explore, institutions across the world have worked to provide scientists and scholars with access to some of the fastest high-performance systems available. Here at AMD, we are inspired by these researchers’ dedication to discovery and are excited to help provide the institutions, like UT Austin, with the advanced computing capabilities needed to solve the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Texas is a national leader in computational science and engineering, and with the TACC ecosystem including Lonestar6, the possibilities are vast. As UT Austin and other institutions across the state and world continue to expand computational efforts with supercomputing systems, we strive to continuously deliver innovative and high-performing products that can tackle the most demanding HPC workloads.

“Everything is bigger in Texas” is a well-worn and fitting adage. For AMD, that means bigger and better computing performance that will help researchers and partners make bigger and better discoveries.

You can read more about the technology in the Lonestar6 system at the AMD HPC solutions and offerings.