The HPC industry is creating immense amounts of unstructured data each year and a portion of HPC system configurations are being reshaped to enable the community to extract useful information from that data. Traditionally, these systems were predominantly CPU based, but with the explosive growth in the amount and different types of data being created, along with the evolution of more complex codes, these traditional systems don’t meet all the requirements of today’s data intensive HPC workloads. As these types of codes have become more complex and parallel, there has been a growing use of heterogeneous computing systems with different mixes of accelerators including discrete GPUs and FPGAs. The advancements of GPU capabilities over the last decade has allowed them to be used for a growing number of these mixed precision parallel codes like the ones being used for training neural networks for deep learning. Scientists and researchers across the globe are now using accelerators to more efficiently process HPC parallel codes across several industries including life sciences, energy, financial, automotive and aerospace, academics, government and defense.
The Radeon Instinct™ MI8 accelerator, combined with AMD’s revolutionary ROCm open software platform, is an efficient entry-level heterogeneous computing solution delivering 8.2 TFLOPS peak single precision compute performance in an efficient GPU card with 4GB of high-bandwidth HBM1 memory. 1 The MI8 accelerator is the perfect open solution for cost-effective general purpose and development systems being deployed in the Financial Services, Energy, Life Science, Automotive and Aerospace, Academic (Research & Teaching), Government Labs and other HPC industries.