King Abdullah University of Science and Technology has chosen HPE to build the most powerful supercomputer in the Middle East


Riyadh city – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced that King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has selected HPE to build its next generation supercomputer, the Shaheen 3, to deliver the latest in supercomputing and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities. Develop research in areas such as food, water, energy, and the environment.

Supercomputing capacity is becoming increasingly vital to global innovation, industrial competitiveness, and economic growth. From accelerating vaccine discovery to combat the pandemic, and developing clean energy systems to increase sustainability, to enabling new possibilities in artificial intelligence, supercomputing is an essential technology for solving the world’s most challenging scientific and engineering problems.

Shaheen III heralds the entry of a new era of scientific discovery and innovation in the field of artificial intelligence in the Middle East

Shaheen 3, set to be 20 times faster than the current KAUST system, will be the most powerful supercomputer in the Middle East to address critical areas of societal and environmental impact.

The new Shaheen 3 system, built by HPE, the world’s leading provider of supercomputers, will revolutionize KAUST’s ability to process massive amounts of data with incredible speed and volume, enabling its users to make discoveries they otherwise wouldn’t have. Before, realize the new potential of artificial intelligence. .

Shaheen 3 will be built using the HPE Cray EX supercomputer, a next-generation platform built to support unprecedented performance and scale, including achieving exaflop speed.

Providing comprehensive advanced capabilities in computing, accelerated computing, networking, storage, and software solutions, the HPE Cray EX supercomputer allows KAUST to apply significant computational power toward faster and more accurate modeling and simulation of scientific problems.

HPE’s supercomputing capabilities are also enabling AI at scale by combining massive computing power with the specialized capabilities required to build machine learning models and train large amounts of data.

Designed by Shaheen 3, HPE advances KAUST’s mission of large-scale AI by integrating the HPE Machine Learning Development Environment, a software suite optimized for model training and development.

By combining the platform of machine learning software with key supercomputing technologies, KAUST users can develop and train AI models faster and more accurately to increase accuracy.

“Our goal at HPE is to advance the way people live and work, and we are honored to help support Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 for a new era of innovation by empowering KAUST with the latest supercomputers,” Antonio said. Neri, President and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

“Shaheen 3 will significantly accelerate research at KAUST by broadly applying supercomputing and artificial intelligence capabilities to increase accuracy in analyzes and solve complex scientific questions.”

“The new HPE Cray EX system will allow us to conduct research on a larger scale, leading to significant scientific, economic and social advances,” said Dr. Tony F. Chan, President of KAUST.

“In line with Vision 2030, we strive to meet the ever-increasing demands of our active and solution-driven faculty, as well as those of external partners, for faster and more efficient computing resources.

“More than half of the faculty, students, postdoctoral students, researchers, and researchers from more than 20 outside organizations in the Kingdom use KAUST’s supercomputing resources.”

Accelerate research and developments in the fields of energy, environment, healthcare and bioengineering

Shaheen 3 will be fully operational in 2023. The new supercomputer will process unique data sets in focus areas such as clean combustion, Red Sea ecosystems, climate modeling, and Arabian plate tectonics, while providing analyses, models and simulations at a high level of accuracy.

KAUST users plan to target a range of applications, including designing new materials for low-cost, high-performance solar photovoltaic cells; New industrial catalytic processes to increase energy efficiency while reducing waste; Personal preventive health care and new drug discovery; increased recovery of hydrocarbons with reduced environmental and economic costs; Using genetic, genomic and epigenetic approaches to enhance drought tolerance and resilience of plants in desert environments.

Equipped with more than 2,800 NVIDIA Grace Hopper Superchips, and tightly coupled CPU/GPU accelerators, the Shaheen Supercomputer will enable the development of new and scalable technologies in core AI areas such as deep learning, reinforcement learning, unified learning, and computing visual, natural language processing, and also provide unique opportunities to extend traditional HPC workloads.

This GPU-accelerated division will also facilitate the widespread use of applied artificial intelligence in science and engineering applications, including computational chemistry, biology, and materials science, which were previously unfeasible due to the large-scale nature of the data sets produced and used at KAUST. .

Applications will increase in the coming years as Shaheen 3 is expected to offer 100 petaflops/sec of performance and outstanding AI modeling capabilities.

KAUST Extreme Research Computing Center said: “A supercomputer like the Shaheen 3 is a global scientific tool used by scientists and engineers in every discipline for tasks such as simulation, analysis of experimental data, learning from observed data, and storage of and efficient retrieval of data. ECRC) Director Dr. David Keyes, Professor of Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences.

“It is the ultimate scientific ‘watering hole’ in which researchers from different disciplines exchange techniques and software tools. Advances in one area spur progress in several areas.”

As one of the world’s leading supercomputing centers, KAUST builds on the success of its first supercomputer, Shaheen 1, launched in 2009, followed by Shaheen 2, a Cray-based supercomputer 25 times faster than its predecessor at 5.54 petaflop/sec.

“Shaheen2 has provided 6.8 billion basic computing hours to more than 1,467 users, resulting in data usage in approximately 1,030 publications to date,” said Dr. Jisoo Lee, director of the KAUST Research Core Computing Labs. “Shaheen III will ensure that the KAUST community maintains its supremacy as a global university in computational sciences.”

“AMD is committed to advancing scientific research and development in high-performance computing, and is leading the technology behind computer modeling, simulation, and artificial intelligence,” said Forrest Norrod, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Data Center Solutions Business Group, AMD.

“Powered by AMD EPYC processors, Shaheen III will enable new discoveries that will have regional and global impacts across climate, clean energy, and plate tectonic modeling, all made possible by a collaboration between KAUST and HPE scientists.”

“As we delve deeper into the era of Exascale AI, supercomputers like Shaheen III are becoming increasingly central to changing society,” said Ian Buck, vice president of Hypercale and HPC at NVIDIA.

“Thanks to our deep collaboration with KAUST and HPE, and our new Grace Hopper Superchip accreditation, Shaheen 3 will be a key science tool that delivers unparalleled performance to help tackle the world’s toughest challenges.” – SG


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