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AMD expands its HPC Fund, broadening the company's aid in scientific research

By The Count & Glenn Chua - on 29 Jul 2022, 9:35am

AMD expands its HPC Fund, broadening the company's aid in scientific research

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When AMD launched its High Performance Compute (HPC) Fund back in 2020, we were in the midst of a pandemic that nearly brought the world to a halt. To fight this, AMD launched the HPC Fund with the initial goal of helping scientists with pandemic-related research, enabling efforts such as modeling the Covid-19 virus and simulating the travel of droplets through the air. 

Now, after two years, AMD is expanding the HPC Fund to other causes, what the company calls "the most demanding challenges facing society today", mentioning medical and social good research. And to help with this, it has contributed another 7 petaflops of compute power. The current total as donated by AMD now stands at more than 20 petaflops, with a market value of more than US$31 million.

Additionally, with the 7 petaflops of compute power, AMD is also integrating the Heterogeneous Accelerated Compute Clusters (HACC) programme by Xilinx, an AMD-owned company. The programme entails giving researchers access to AMD hardware, such as AMD's EPYC processors and Instinct accelerators, which are multi-chip GPU packages, as well as Xilinx Alveo accelerators and Xilinx Versal Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platforms (ACAPs).

All in all, AMD says that it has donated computing systems or cloud-based computing capacity to 28 institutions around the world, with the company stating that nearly 6,000 researchers have access to AMD technology, with its efforts helping to push 55 research papers to publishing. Recipients of AMD's computing power include institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, Oregon State University and Stanford School of Medicine in the US, the University of British Columbia in Canada, and the Fourth Paradigm Institute of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research in India.

AMD also counts its HPC Fund efforts as part of its commitment to what it calls its "digital impact" goal of getting 100 million people to benefit from AMD contributions and philanthropy by 2025, including enabling STEM education opportunities and assisting in fields such as energy, climate and industrial research.

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