AMD Awarded $12.6 Million by U.S. Department of Energy to Extend Processor and Memory Expertise to Fuel New Scientific Discoveries
SUNNYVALE, CA, Jul 11, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it was selected for an award of
$12.6 million for two research projects associated with the U.S.
Department of Energy's (DOE) Extreme-Scale Computing Research and
Development Program, known as "FastForward." The DOE award provides
up to $9.6 million to AMD for processor-related research and up to $3
million for memory-related research(i). AMD's award-winning AMD
Opteron(TM) processor has powered many of the world's largest
supercomputers over the past decade and the company invented the
world's first and only Accelerated Processing Unit (APU).
FastForward is a jointly funded collaboration between DOE Office of
Science, and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to
initiate partnerships with multiple companies to accelerate the
research and development of critical technologies needed for extreme
scale computing, on the path toward exascale computing. Exascale
computing is essentially a grand challenge to provide the next level
of computational power required to help ensure the prosperity and
security of the United States. The DOE's strategic plan seeks to
address the nation's most pressing scientific challenges by advancing
simulation-based scientific discovery made possible by the world's
highest performing exascale supercomputers.
Exascale supercomputers will be capable of performing one quintillion
(or a billion billion) calculations per second, roughly one thousand
times faster than today's fastest available supercomputers. Exascale
supercomputers are designed to break through the current limitations
of today's supercomputers by dramatically reducing the length of run
time required to perform calculations and improving the capability to
perform detailed analyses of complex systems. Medical science,
astrophysics, climate modeling, and national security all have
applications with extreme computing requirements.
"To prepare for the next phase of extreme scale computing, NNSA and
DOE Office of Science are taking a proactive step in jointly making
strategic investments in key areas such as processor, file storage
and memory technologies with AMD and others," said Thuc Hoang of
DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration. "A key to
successfully developing next-generation HPC capabilities is bringing
together the know-how and best minds of industry leaders and national
labs to work on this grand challenge."
"We're honored to be selected for this research project to help drive
the next frontier for high-performance computing," said Alan Lee,
AMD's corporate vice president for Advanced Research and Development.
"AMD has long been the technology partner of choice for many of the
world's leading high-performance computing providers. This award from
the DOE will fund critical research and development required to
enable high-performance, power-efficient exascale systems.
Additionally, AMD will undertake work to drive advances in memory
bandwidth and communication speed, which are essential for
heterogeneous architecture, exascale-class supercomputers with
thousands of processors."
According to Dr. William J. Harrod, Division Director of Research, in
the DOE Office of Science, ASCR, "extreme scale technology will
create a whole new class of high performance computing systems that
can achieve 1,000 times the performance of today's petascale
computers while limiting growth in space and power requirements. The
primary goal of the Department's exascale effort is to ensure the
availability of leading-edge computing assets for national security
and scientific discovery. The development of high performance,
energy-efficient processor and memory technologies are critical to
achieving the Department's goals and AMD is initiating innovative
designs for these components."
AMD Opteron processors are used today in many of the world's leading
supercomputers, including IBM's Roadrunner computer at the DOE's Los
Alamos National Laboratory, which in 2008 was the first supercomputer
to reach sustained petaflop performance. AMD Opteron processors were
also used in the world's second petascale supercomputer, Cray's
Jaguar supercomputer deployed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Moreover, the DOE announced last fall that 19,200 AMD Opteron(TM)
6200 Series processors will be used to help power their new Titan
system also at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is expected to
provide peak performance in excess of 20 petaflops when it becomes
fully operational by early 2013. AMD Opteron processors were also
selected for the Blue Waters supercomputing project at the National
Center for Supercomputing Applications, located at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
According to the report, "The Future of Computing Performance, Game
Over or Next Level?" by the National Academy of Sciences in 2011,
"Virtually every sector of society -- manufacturing, financial
services, education, government, the military, entertainment, and so
on -- has become dependent on continued growth in computing
performance to drive industrial productivity, increase efficiency,
and enable innovation." To address this need, the FastForward program
funds new or existing innovative technologies targeted for
productization in a five-to-ten year timeframe. Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory represented seven DOE laboratories and the DOE as
the Source Selection Official for this award.
AMD (NYSE: AMD) is a semiconductor design innovator
leading the next era of vivid digital experiences with its
groundbreaking AMD Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) that power a
wide range of computing devices. AMD's server computing products are
focused on driving industry-leading cloud computing and
virtualization environments. AMD's superior graphics technologies are
found in a variety of solutions ranging from game consoles, PCs to
supercomputers. For more information, visit http://www.amd.com.
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(i) AMD's wholly-owned subsidiary AMD Advanced Research, LLC. has
entered agreements to perform these two projects.
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SOURCE: Advanced Micro Devices