I can’t go through exactly all the different options that we’re looking at for the Argonne machine… But the details are still being identified about exactly what we’re going to go through with Intel and their microelectronics. But we have confidence that machine also will be delivered and will be delivered right behind Oak Ridge.
So, the implication seems to be that a processor swap is at least being considered for Aurora. Currently, there are two options for the supercomputer: Nvidia’s A100 and AMD’s MI100.
It is likely at this point that Aurora will ditch Ponte Vecchio due to Intel’s mismanagement of its own 7nm node. Even if Ponte Vecchio debuts as a TSMC or Samsung fabbed GPU, it will probably not be finished in time for Aurora. We’ll have to see whether or not Intel can keep Ponte Vecchio in Aurora, but it’s not looking good for them at the moment.
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