AMD built a supercomputer, and it can do over one quintillion calculations per second.
This means AMD and Hewlett Packard just created the first actual exascale machine ever.
To put things into perspective, it’s more than twice as fast as Fugaku, the previous fastest supercomputer in the world.
Here’s a quick video going over the supercomputer. Its actually really cool.
What’s Next For AMD
AMD is going to continue testing the Frontier system to get it ready for final acceptance and access later this year for science.
Interestingly, AMD powers 94 out of the top 500 fastest supercomputers in the world.
That’s a 95% increase year over year.
So yes, we might not be strolling down to Micro Center anytime soon to pick up these computers, but it does showcase how rapidly AMD is progressing their technology compared to the competition.
What Happened To The Google Quantum Computer?
Remember back in 2019 when google claimed that it had quantum Supremacy?
I decided to do some research, and there isn’t much to say about google, but there are updates about quantum computing.
There is a recent report of physicists from Harvard and MIT creating a quantum computer with 256 qubits.
Google’s quantum computer only had 53 qubits.
What are they doing with all that power? Running Mario Simulations.
It’s hard to compare quantum computer to supercomputers like AMDs Frontier because it works fundamentally differently.
Quantum computers can take advantage of something called “Super Position,” where one atom or “qubit” can be both 0 and 1 simultaneously.
AMD’s Frontier is faster than Google’s quantum computer “overall,” but it’s WAY slower on a “circuit” level.
The problem with quantum computing is scale. It’s ridiculously hard to add more qubits.
So it looks like we are making progress, and it’s only a matter of time before quantum computing takes the crown from traditional supercomputers. For now, we have AMD pushing the industry forward.