Chipmaker AMD has launched a never-seen-before 360-degree virtual tour of the flagship supercomputer “Hawk” at the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) of the University of Stuttgart, Germany. The recently inaugurated Hawk system is among the fastest supercomputers worldwide and the fastest general-purpose system for scientific and industrial computing in Europe.
The virtual tour reveals a rare inside-look into an impressive technical achievement in European supercomputing. As seen in the tour, the Hawk system consists of 44 racks provided by over 5,600 compute nodes, summing up to over 720,000 compute cores of second-generation AMD EPYC processors.
An Apollo System from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Hawk is designed to advance applications in energy, climate, mobility and health, with a peak performance of approximately 26 petaflops (26 quadrillion floating-point operations per second).
To illustrate this, petaflop computing enables much more accurate modelling of complex systems, and to match what a 1 petaflop computer system can do in just one second, you’d have to perform one calculation every second for 31,688,765 years.
Hawk allows scientists and engineers to conduct research on larger and more complex phenomena while supporting data-intensive workflows that combine artificial intelligence, big data analysis, deep learning and simulation.
The tour also includes an interview with Dr. Bastian Koller, managing director at HLRS, explaining how the system works and its applications.