A Korean CPU Company Threatens to make Nvidia, Intel and AMD out-of-date in HPC Market
Last Updated on November 16, 2020 by
One of South Korea’s Electronics and Tele Communication company: ETRI has teamed up with Arm to develop CPUs that are tailor-made for supercomputing applications.
This news is vital because most of us are aware of the fact that for South Korea’s High-Performance Computing: HPC they use Intel Processors most of the time.
Now If the company South Korea’s Electronics and Tele Communication company: ETRI successfully implements the idea, then the design can help the country’s supercomputing needs in future.
Cheap Supercomputing For Future
As of now the largest production for Supercomputing in South Korea is Nurion machine. This machine is considered as one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world (currently ranked at 17th place). Intel Xeon Phi supercomputing processor powers the ‘Nurion machine’.And it is this chokehold of US companies that have probably fueled the ETRI for the research of such CPUs that are tailor-made for supercomputing applications.
According to the latest reports, the company is planning to develop a powerful CPUs that are capable of working twice as fast as the accelerators used in the current generation and will also consume around half the power.
Youngsu Kwon who is from the AI Processor Research Department at Electronics and Tele Communication company: ETRI of South Korea stated that: “The Researchers at ETRI has tackled their brief to focus mainly on the single-chip performance for lesser power chips and systems, From there we can obviously integrate more chips that will enhance the performance of the processor and will reduce the power consumption. And apart from that, the combination of CPUs and accelerators into a single chip will also improve the bandwidth and will reduce the data bandwidth bottleneck. ”
They have managed to accomplish this feat by coupling the Arm Zeus high-performance chips with ‘ETRI’s scalable AI/HPC cores’ and multiple DDR5 high-bandwidth memory (HBM) interfaces. The outcome of their works is the K-AB21, which carries 16 teraflops per CPU for a consolidated output of 1600 teraflops per rack.
Why is it so important?
The announcement was made globally just a few months after the launch of the Fugaku supercomputer that was powered by the Fujitsu A64FX. The computer showed the urge to endure the competition in the market and resides very strong in South Korea.
Globally, there is an increasing concern that the US-based processors on HPC can no longer be allowed. So as a result now, China, Europe, Japan and now South Korea have also declared their intentions of growing in their domestic technologies based both on ARM or RISC-V.
Any technological progress is expected to trickle to customers even if it takes years to come to the market. The HPC secret processors that powers supercomputer can eventually end up in your smartphones as well or in whatever devices that grow to be famous later in this decade. Suppose countries or organisations of the nations begin to improve their technological programs. In that case, that may have some critical implications for end-users there, and anywhere, Implications can be both positive and negative as well. For More such interesting information on Technology, Movies, TV Shows and Anime stay tuned to MediaScrolls.