Finally, AMD has announced its ground-breaking multi-chip based Instinct™ MI200 Series GPUs at its AMD Accelerated Data Center Premiere event. This marks AMD’s entry into the chiplet architecture for GPUs and starts with server GPUs and the leaks were indeed true as these are based on the 6nm process.
AMD will offer up to 220 CUs, 128GB HBM2e memory and 560W TDP, built on the new AMD CDNA™ 2 architecture and these new GPUs are said to deliver a ground-breaking 4.9x advantage in HPC performance compared to competing data centre accelerators (Nvidia Ampere A100 (80GB)) GPU accelerator, expediting science and discovery.
Not only this, the MI200 series accelerators are the first multi-die GPU, the first to support 128GB of HBM2e memory, and deliver a substantial boost for applications critical to the foundation of science. The new AMD Instinct™ MI200 series accelerators are the first exascale-class GPU accelerators.
The AMD Instinct MI200 series accelerators include the world’s fastest high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) accelerator, the AMD Instinct™ MI250X. The AMD Instinct MI250X accelerator provides up to 4.9X better performance than competitive accelerators for double precision (FP64) HPC applications and surpasses 380 teraflops of peak theoretical half-precision (FP16) for AI workloads to enable disruptive approaches in further accelerating data-driven research.
“AMD Instinct MI200 accelerators deliver leadership HPC and AI performance, helping scientists make generational leaps in research that can dramatically shorten the time between initial hypothesis and discovery,” said Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, Data Center and Embedded Solutions Business Group, AMD. “With key innovations in architecture, packaging and system design, the AMD Instinct MI200 series accelerators are the most advanced data centre GPUs ever, providing exceptional performance for supercomputers and data centres to solve the world’s most complex problems.”
Powering The Future of HPC
The AMD Instinct MI200 series accelerators, combined with 3rd Gen AMD EPYC CPUs and the ROCm™ 5.0 open software platform, are designed to propel new discoveries for the exascale era and tackle our most pressing challenges from climate change to vaccine research.
Key capabilities and features of the AMD Instinct MI200 series accelerators include:
- AMD CDNA™ 2 architecture – 2nd Gen Matrix Cores accelerating FP64 and FP32 matrix operations, delivering up to 4X the peak theoretical FP64 performance vs. AMD previous gen GPUs.
- Leadership Packaging Technology – Industry-first multi-die GPU design with 2.5D Elevated Fanout Bridge (EFB) technology delivers 1.8X more cores and 2.7X higher memory bandwidth vs. AMD previous gen GPUs, offering the industry’s best aggregate peak theoretical memory bandwidth at 3.2 terabytes per second.
- 3rd Gen AMD Infinity Fabric™ technology Up to 8 Infinity Fabric links connect the AMD Instinct MI200 with 3rd Gen EPYC CPUs and other GPUs in the node to enable unified CPU/GPU memory coherency and maximize system throughput, allowing for an easier on-ramp for CPU codes to tap the power of accelerators.
Software for Enabling Exascale Science
AMD ROCm™ is an open software platform allowing researchers to tap the power of AMD Instinct™ accelerators to drive scientific discoveries. The ROCm platform is built on the foundation of open portability, supporting environments across multiple accelerator vendors and architectures. With ROCm 5.0, AMD extends its open platform powering top HPC and AI applications with AMD Instinct MI200 series accelerators, increasing accessibility of ROCm for developers and delivering leadership performance across key workloads.
Through the AMD Infinity Hub, researchers, data scientists and end-users can easily find, download and install containerized HPC apps and ML frameworks that are optimized and supported on AMD Instinct accelerators and ROCm. The hub currently offers a range of containers supporting either Radeon Instinct™ MI50, AMD Instinct™ MI100 or AMD Instinct MI200 accelerators including several applications like Chroma, CP2k, LAMMPS, NAMD, OpenMM and more, along with popular ML frameworks TensorFlow and PyTorch. New containers are continually being added to the hub.
Available Server Solutions
The AMD Instinct MI250X and AMD Instinct MI250 are available in the open-hardware to compute accelerator module or OCP Accelerator Module (OAM) form factor. The AMD Instinct MI210 will be available in a PCIe® card form factor in OEM servers.
The AMD MI250X accelerator is currently available from HPE in the HPE Cray EX Supercomputer, and additional AMD Instinct MI200 series accelerators are expected in systems from major OEM and ODM partners in enterprise markets in Q1 2022, including ASUS, ATOS, Dell Technologies, Gigabyte, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Lenovo, Penguin Computing and Supermicro.
MI200 Series Specifications
|Models||Compute Units||Stream Processors||FP64 | FP32 Vector (Peak)||FP64 | FP32 Matrix (Peak)||FP16 | bf16 (Peak)||INT4 | INT8 (Peak)||HBM2e|
|Memory Bandwidth||Form Factor|
|AMD Instinct MI250x||220||14,080||Up to 47.9 TF||Up to 95.7 TF||Up to 383.0 TF||Up to 383.0 TOPS||128GB||3.2 TB/sec||OCP Accelerator Module|
|AMD Instinct MI250||208||13,312||Up to 45.3 TF||Up to 90.5 TF||Up to 362.1 TF||Up to 362.1 TOPS||128GB||3.2 TB/sec||OCP Accelerator Module|
Watch AMD’s launch video to know more: