Frontier will come online in 2021 in the US, fitted with AMD EPYC Zen 2 CPUs and Radeon Instinct GPUs. These will total 1.5 exaflops of compute performance, pipping the Intel Xe-powered Aurora system announced earlier this year by half a big ol’ flop.
The contract is valued at a little over $600 million, and Cray will be taking care of the server infrastructure and providing its Shasta and Slingshot supercomputer technologies. That’s quite a task in itself, as the machine will necessitate 90 miles of wiring within its 7,300 sq. ft footprint. It will be up to the red team to deliver on the system’s compute-friendly silicon. And it’s bringing its best.