Just a few days back, Nvidia was in news for acquiring ARM and now it is once again in the news; this time for announcing that it will power the world’s fastest AI supercomputer, Leonardo. Leonardo is an Italy based supercomputer. The latest news also conveys that it will be a part of an expansive network of similar machines across Europe.
It should be noted that Leonardo is being developed by industry leaders at CINECA. The team consists of various Italian universities and research centers. They will come out with a 14,000 Ampere GPU manufactured by Nvidia. Leonardo supercomputer will deliver FP16 AI performance of up to 10 exaflops and handle complex AI and HPC (High-Performance Computing) tasks. It is designed to solve big scale problems of multiple disciplines ranging from high energy physics to climate change.
Sanzio Bassini, a member of CINECA said “The Leonardo supercomputer is the result of our long-term commitment to pushing the boundaries of what a modern exascale supercomputer can be.”
Atos is also providing integral components for the system apart from Nvidia. Leonardo will use Atos’s BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer nodes. These supercomputer nodes will be powered by 4 Nvidia GPU units and one Intel CPU.
It seems that, as of now, Leonardo is another piece of the puzzle for the European countries. They are working closely together with each other to set up a supercomputer network across the continent. It seems that the European Union and the participating countries are planning to emerge as a global force in supercomputing. It is interesting to note that under the EuroHPC collaboration, the European Commission is funding Leonardo’s development via the Italian Ministry of University and Research.
Mark Hamilton of NVidia commented said, “The EuroHPC technology roadmap for exascale in Europe is opening doors for rapid growth and innovation in HPC and AI.”
NVidia is also providing its Mellanox HDR Infiniband with speeds up to 200 Gb/s, for the supercomputer network.
The best part of the story is that Leonardo is not the one and only supercomputer that is under development in Europe. It is literally, one of the four supercomputers. The other three supercomputers are MeluXina being developed by Luxembourg, Vega being developed by Slovenia, and EURO_IT41 being developed by the Czech Republic. Also, some reports suggest that in near future, four more systems will pop out of Europe from Spain, Portugal, Finland, and Bulgaria.