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New Artificial Intelligence supercomputer will help create the largest 3D map in the universe

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The newest and most famous supercomputer may make some contribution towards solving some of the most important questions in astrophysics. VentureBeat reports that the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center has officially consecrated Perlmutter, considered one of the fastest supercomputers for Artificial Intelligence, and it will begin to help build the largest 3D map of the visible universe, in order to study the acceleration of dark energy and expansion of the cosmos.

In perspective, the machine would process the data from the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument in order to guide the observations. Perlmutter will provide about dozens of galaxy exposures on any given night of study to see where DESI will focus next.

As AMD points out, the initial version of Perlmutter includes 1,536 connection points, each with a 64-core Epyc 7763 processor and four NVIDIA A100 GPUs. The result is a system with almost four exaflops of performance (over 35 petabytes storage) when dealing with drastically reduced AI tasks and computation times.

New Artificial Intelligence supercomputer will help create the largest 3D

In other words, it could be said that Perlmutter will process a year’s worth of DESI information in a few days instead of weeks or even months, as NVIDIA guarantees.

In a second phase, scheduled for later still in 2021, it will add 3,077 CPUs in just connection points, each with dual Epyc 7763 chips.

The map is not the only project in the portfolio. Perlmutter also has the ambition to study atomic interactions, with the aim of promoting clean energy technologies such as biofuels, for example. The map of the universe is ambitious, but it helps illustrate how far supercomputers have come when it comes to large-scale work.

Source: Venture Beat

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