Celebrating one year of achieving exascale with Frontier, world’s fastest supercomputer



  • Frontier maintains #1 position as world’s fastest exascale supercomputer and one of the top greenest systems
  • Scientists are now using Frontier to model and simulate at an exascale-level, tackling complex science such as cancer research, climate modeling, and nuclear fusion
  • Frontier was recognized with five prestigious awards including a Gold 2023 Edison Award, Fast Company’s 2023 World Changing Ideas, BIG Innovation, ACM’s 2022 Gordon Bell Prize, 2022 HPCwire Editors’ and Readers’ Choice Awards

HPE celebrates a pinnacle moment in supercomputing with the achievement of Frontier, the world’s first and fastest exascale supercomputer

HOUSTON, Texas – May 22, 2023 – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today celebrates the one-year anniversary of Frontier, the world’s first supercomputer to break the exascale speed barrier with leadership energy performance.

Built for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Frontier marks a new era in supercomputing to drive breakthroughs in scientific discovery and engineering, including next-generation artificial intelligence and early bridge to quantum computing.

Frontier is built with HPE Cray EX supercomputers that are purpose-built to support the magnitude of exascale performance with end-to-end capabilities comprised of compute, accelerated compute, software, storage, and interconnect.

Frontier continues to demonstrate world-leading performance with new upgrades

According to the latest Top500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, Frontier continues its number one position as the fastest supercomputer in the world. The supercomputer’s performance is faster than the next four systems combined on the Top500.

Adding to the significant strides Frontier has made in the industry, it has also reached a new performance milestone of 1.194 exaflops (up from 1.102 exaflops). The increase of 92 petaflops alone would rank as number eight on today’s list of most powerful supercomputer.

Frontier also maintained its number one position on the HLP-MxP benchmark which measures mixed-precision computing, a performance in formats commonly used for artificial intelligence. The system achieved 9.95 exaflops on the HLP-MxP benchmark, an increase to its previous performance of 6.88 exaflops.

World’s fastest supercomputer among one of the world’s greenest

Frontier’s Test and Development system and full system also hold the number two and number six spots, respectively, as the greenest supercomputers, based on the latest Green500 list of the world’s most energy efficient supercomputers.

Ushering in a new era of scientific discovery with exascale

Exascale performance, as proven with recent accomplishments achieved using Frontier, is already propelling scientific breakthroughs, unlocking unprecedented societal benefits, and enabling researchers to make strategic decisions based on insights gleaned from data.

Some of the early research and use cases Frontier has helped drive include:


  • Analyzing COVID-19 mutations to understand transmissibility, reducing the time to insight from one week to 24 hours.

  • Making biomedical literature accessible to help accelerate patient diagnosis and care, by applying the use of large-scale graph AI analytics for the first time. 

  • Speeding up the nuclear fission process by advancing the design of laser-based electron accelerators. This research was awarded the 2022 ACM Gordon Bell prize


Frontier claims top placements in leading industry awards

Frontier has also been recognized for a range of accolades for achieving milestones in performance, energy efficiency and scientific research.

The system has earned the most prestigious industry awards for innovation and supercomputing leadership. In one year, Frontier has earned:


HPE continues to demonstrate supercomputing leadership with number one performance share

In addition to accomplishments achieved with Frontier, HPE demonstrated ongoing leadership with its world-leading supercomputers that allow researchers, scientists and engineers to accelerate discovery and solve problems faster. Based on the latest Top500 list, HPE holds the number one performance share in supercomputers, at 43%.

Additional significant systems that are in the top 10 of the world’s most powerful supercomputers include CSC’s LUMI, the fastest supercomputer in Europe and third fastest in the world, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Perlmutter, the eighth fastest supercomputer in the world.

HPE also built six of the top 10 most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world, which include KTH Royal Institute of Technology’s Dardel, Frontier, Frontier TDS, GENCI-CINES’ Adastra, LUMI, Perlmutter, and Setonix.

HPE is committed to making supercomputing accessible for more enterprises to harness insights, solve problems and innovate, whether on-premises or as a-service.

The HPE Cray EX and HPE Cray XD supercomputers, which are based on HPE’s exascale innovation, provide significant performance and optimized capabilities for large-scale AI to tackle demanding, data-intensive workloads, speed up AI and machine learning initiatives, and accelerate innovation to deliver products and services to market faster.

To learn more about HPE’s supercomputers, please visit HPE Supercomputing.

About Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) is the global edge-to-cloud company that helps organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from all their data, everywhere. Built on decades of reimagining the future and innovating to advance the way people live and work, HPE delivers unique, open and intelligent technology solutions as a service. With offerings spanning Cloud Services, Compute, High Performance Computing & AI, Intelligent Edge, Software, and Storage, HPE provides a consistent experience across all clouds and edges, helping customers develop new business models, engage in new ways, and increase operational performance. For more information, visit: www.hpe.com

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