AMD’s Long And Winding Road To The Hybrid CPU-GPU Instinct MI300A

Back in 2012, when AMD was in the process of backing out of the datacenter CPU business and did not really have its datacenter GPU act together at all, the US Department of Energy exhibited the enlightened self-interest that is a strong foundation of both economics and politics and took a chance and invested in AMD to do research in memory technologies and hybrid CPU-GPU computing at exascale.


The Third Time Charm Of AMD’s Instinct GPU

The great thing about the Cambrian explosion in compute that has been forced by the end of Dennard scaling of clock frequencies and Moore’s Law lowering in the cost of transistors is not only that we are getting an increasing diversity of highly tuned compute engines and broadening SKU stacks across those engines, but also that we are getting many different interpretations of the CPU, GPU, DPU, and FPGA themes.


Lawrence Livermore’s “El Capitan” To Take AMD’s Instinct APU Mainstream

In March 2020, when Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced the exascale “El Capitan” supercomputer contract had been awarded to system builder Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which was also kicking in its “Rosetta” Slingshot 11 interconnect and which was tapping future CPU and GPU compute engines from AMD, the HPC center was very clear that it would be using off-the-shelf, commodity parts from AMD, not custom compute engines.