American multinational tech firm Nvidia Corp. will power the computing platform of the largest GPU-based supercomputer at the Argonne National Laboratory of the US energy department, the company announced in a statement.

  • The Polaris supercomputer will run on 2,240 Nvidia A100 Tensor Core GPUs, enabling it to reach nearly 1.4 exaflops of theoretical artificial intelligence performance and an estimated 44 petaflops of peak double-precision performance.
  • The platform is seen to boost the exploration of transformative science, which covers cancer treatments, and accelerate research on clean energy to look into new approaches to physics. It will also enable researchers to update scientific workloads.
  • Polaris will be built by the Hewlett Packard Enterprise and will be made available to researchers from academia, government agencies, and industry through the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility’s programs. 
  • ALCF Director Michael Papka said the development would allow Polaris to tackle the world’s most complex scientific problems. In contrast, Nvidia Vice President Ian Buck said the partnership would push the boundaries of scientific exploration.

Polaris will be powered by 560 total nodes, each with four A100 GPUs. NVDA is up 2.56%, while HPE is up 0.88%.