Fujitsu Completes Post-K ARM CPU Prototype

Earlier this week Fujitsu announced that they have completed the Post-K prototype CPU. The new domestically-designed microprocessor has commenced functionality field trials. The prototype will be exhibited next week at the 2018 International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Frankfurt, Germany.

Post-K Computer

The Post-K CPU is a joint collaboration between Fujitsu and RIKEN. The processor is expected to power the Post-K Computer at RIKEN which should commence operation around 2021 (same timeframe as Aurora and Frontier). The system is unique in a number of ways. Whereas prior supercomputers developed by Fujitsu used SPARC64, Post-K is their first ARM-based system. Fujitsu and RIKEN are also working on a custom ARM compiler for the system. While the compute power has yet to be disclosed, the goal of Post-K is to deliver 50-100x the application performance of the K Computer.


Post-K Roadmap (Fujitsu)

Fujitsu released some initial specs for the machine.

Post-K Computer
Node 1 CPU/Node
Rack 384 Nodes/Rack
Interconnect Tofu3
File System Fujitsu Exabyte File System (FEFS, Lustre-based)
System Power 30-40 MW
Performance 50-100x Real application performance of K Computer

The number of racks in the system is currently unknown and while they are aiming for 50-100x real application performance of the K Computer, RIKEN has yet to commit to any hard performance numbers. As far as storage is concerned, the system also features a 3-level storage hierarchy system. Post-K utilizes the Tofu3 6D mesh/torus interconnect architecture which is a third-generation enhanced version of the original interconnects found in the K Computer.

K Computer ToFu 6D Mesh/Torus Interconnect (Fujitsu)

Post-K CPU

The new microprocessor is based on a custom designed Fujitsu many-core microarchitecture that implements the ARMv8-A ISA. Each microprocessor has 48 cores plus 2 assistant cores (or 4 assistant cores in the case of I/O nodes). Each core also supports the ARM Scalable Vector Extention (SVE) with 512-bit wide SIMD operations as well as a number of custom Fujitsu extensions.

Post-K CPU
Node 1 CPU/Node
SVE 512-bit
Memory 3D stacked DRAM (HBM 3/4?)
Terabyte/s BW
Cores/Chip 48 compute cores + 2 assistant cores (Compute nodes)
48 cores + 4 assistant cores (I/O + Compute nodes)
Cores/Rack 18,432 compute cores / Rack

Although the memory specifications have not been disclosed, we were told it’s on the order of Terabyte/s bandwidth using 3D stacked DRAM. We will know more about the processor in August when Toshio Yoshida from Fujitsu will be presenting the processor at Hot Chips 30.

Post-K (Fujitsu)

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