NextSilicon testbed

StatusUnder development
Access arrangementsTBC – please contact Principal Investigator Professor Iain Styles to discuss <>
OrganisationsUniversity of Birmingham, NextSilicon, Lenovo
Project linkageTBC

This project will create a testbed featuring novel accelerator technology from NextSilicon in collaboration with University of Birmingham HPC systems partner Lenovo, as part of a co-design partnership. The project will evaluate the performance of the main codes used by UKRI researchers, with a particular emphasis on evaluating some of the major algorithm classes used in supercomputing and data science, as well as other HPC apps.

Should the technology fulfil its promised potential in the evaluation, it will be made available to the UK HPC community as part of the recently awarded Baskerville EPSRC Tier 2 service operated by the University of Birmingham. This facility, installed in Q1 2021, includes 184 Nvidia A100 GPU accelerator cards. Other novel accelerator technologies are also planned for introduction over the lifetime of the facility, thus enabling us to assess the new technology in a heterogeneous accelerated live HPC environment.

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