I’d really like to see how well the new iMac Pro runs at least LINPACK and whether HPCG can be made to run on Radeon GPUs. Not everyone needs a supercomputer but having the capability to act like a small one might be beneficial for colleges and small businesses who would rather run locally than off someone’s (insecure) cloud platform.
Hi Peter and Colin
Thanks for the question, which I would also like an updated answer to.
Following the TOP500 list change over time I have long felt the need to compare common consumer computers to the capabilities of TOP500 computers.
Unfortunate. Macs are more than clients they are standalone workstations. Sure, the results won't come close to anything in the TOP500 but I know a lot of scientists who use Macs and having the ability to run code normally used on supercomputers would be nice. After Apple finally admitted to the roadmap to Apple Silicon SoCs using ARM and with the newest TOP500 supercomputer being built using---
"The new top system, Fugaku, turned in a High Performance Linpack (HPL) result of 415.5 petaflops, besting the now second-place Summit system by a factor of 2.8x. Fugaku, is powered by Fujitsu’s 48-core A64FX SoC, becoming the first number one system on the list to be powered by ARM processors." ---it just makes sense to begin thinking about a "client" implementation of LINPACK to see how close a single Mac workstation comes. Of course, at the moment only the Mac Pro could come anywhere near but the possibility of using cluster software on Macs might have a resurgence after seeing what the Japanese have done.