FastForward 2 is a jointly-funded collaboration between DOE Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) focused on initiating partnerships with multiple companies to accelerate the research and development of critical technologies needed to enable exascale computing. Specifically, the FastForward 2 research grants awarded to AMD are for:
- Node Architecture: AMD will conduct research for an integrated exascale node architecture based on its HSA-enabled APUs. Particular areas of research include power efficiency, reliability, programmability, component and network interface integration, APU microarchitecture, advanced memory architectures and efficient data movement.
- Memory Technology: AMD will collaborate with the DOE and others to help define a new standard for memory interfaces that meets the needs of future-generation memory devices, including non-volatile memory and processing-in-memory (PIM) architectures.
"We're honored to be selected once again by DOE to aid research efforts for exascale-computing," said Alan Lee, AMD's corporate vice president for Research and Advanced Development. "Our customers have long looked to AMD to develop innovative compute, graphics, and memory technologies and products that solve real-world problems. This research is focused on energy-efficient node architectures and memory systems to improve the capability of the world's fastest supercomputers."
The DOE strategic plan seeks to address the nation's most pressing scientific challenges by advancing simulation-based scientific discovery made possible by the world's highest performing exascale supercomputers. The technologies developed as part of this initiative could positively impact low-power embedded, cloud/datacenter and mid-range high-performance computing applications for diverse fields ranging from medical science to astrophysics and climate modeling. FastForward 2 investments will result in an increase in DOE's ability to leverage commercial developments for future systems.
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