Where it gets interesting is that the second phase (slated for this Summer) will involve the installation of more EPYC nodes, which will be used in combination with next-gen NVIDIA Tesla GPUs. Big Red 200 promises up to 6 petaflops of computing power.
Brad Wheeler, IU vice president for IT and chief information officer, told The Next Platform that an opportunity presented itself to wait a little longer to implement NVIDIA's latest technology. The report from Next Platform mentions that the new NVIDIA chips are 70-75 percent faster than the current-generation, but it's not clear whether that is a direct quote from Wheeler or speculation on the website's part.
According to The Next Platform who are quoting Wheeler, the addition of new GPUs was “something of a fluke”, because “an opportunity presented itself to wait a bit longer and move up to Nvidia’s newer technology“.Below is a video of the installation of the first-phase of the Big Red 200 supercomputer.
The original plan for Big Red 200 was to use Tesla V100 (Volta) processors, but IU ended up buying a smaller number of next-Gen GPUs from NVIDIA, which are expected to deliver total computing power to 8 petaflops from original 5.9.