Source: HPC Wire | October 1, 2020

Intel’s 7nm node delay has raised questions about the status of the Aurora supercomputer that was scheduled to be stood up at Argonne National Laboratory next year. Aurora was in the running to be the United States’ first exascale supercomputer although it was on a contemporaneous timeline with Oak Ridge National Lab’s Frontier supercomputer (with both systems scheduled for delivery inside of 2021).

With a one-year delay of Intel’s 7nm node that is integral to Aurora’s GPU engine (the Intel Xe-based Ponte Vecchio), would Intel contract an outside foundry to fab the GPU die? And what would the impact be on the speeds and feeds and delivery schedule for Aurora?

We don’t have all those answers yet, but we did get broad confirmation of the disruption from the DOE’s Office of Science.

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