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Intel will, as expected, provide the processors for the US government's exascale-grade Aurora supercomputer, due to be deployed in 2021.
The contract to build the 1,000 peta-FLOPS beast – that's a machine capable of crunching a quintillion floating-point math calculations per second – will run to $500m, with Chipzilla providing the Xeon x86 CPUs and Cray the surrounding Shasta system architecture.
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The super will be Uncle Sam's first publicly known exascale computer, and will be operated by the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, based just outside Chicago. While Argonne is known for its work on non-weaponized nuclear physics, it also performs studies in a bunch of other areas. As such, we're told, Aurora will be put to use running a range of simulations, from predicting how patients will respond to experimental drugs to the performance of organic solar cell materials.
This is, as far as we can tell, Intel's second attempt at providing components for America's first publicly known exascale machine. Chipzilla's moderately esoteric Knights Hill processor – a member of its high-end many-core Xeon Phi chip family – was supposed to...
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