A few days ago, we reported on AMD being enlisted by the US government for its new Extreme Scale computing project, and Intel has now followed suite.
Advanced Micro Devices may have gained attention by somehow getting the word out first, but Intel is in no way going to be cut off from the FastForward program.
Indeed, the Santa Clara, California-based company has been awarded two contracts, through which Intel Federal LLC, its subsidiary, will work towards turning exascale computing into reality.
The amount of money Intel receives for it is $19 million, or €15.52 million, give or take. It's actually a very small sum compared to the billions made by the giant every month, but that is beside the point, really.
What is relevant here is that the nation's leadership is getting actively involved in the furthering of technology.
"High-performance computing is a transformative technology that will allow current and future generations of scientists and engineers to develop breakthrough advancements to address our most pressing societal issues." said David Patterson, president of Intel Federal LLC.
"This is a great example of how public-private partnerships will significantly help move high-performance computing forward and push the boundaries of innovation."
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE for short) is the branch of the government leading the FastForward program. Current estimates place “profound impacts on the HPC industry” five to ten years from the present time.
"Within the next five to ten years, we anticipate that our partnerships with Intel and others in the FastForward program will produce breakthroughs that will have profound impacts for the HPC community." – said Thuc Hoang, National Nuclear Security Administration's Office of Advanced Simulation and Computing.
For the current standing of Intel and AMD in terms of supercomputer coverage, check the recent update to the Top500 list.