12 Nov 2012 Salt Lake City - At SC12, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, RSC Group, a Russian and CIS full cycle developer and HPC solutions provider, announced that the new RSC Tornado SUSU energy efficient supercomputer is being created at a supercomputing centre in South Ural State University (SUSU), Chelyabinsk, Russia on the basis of existing infrastructure previously deployed by RSC.
This is the Europe's largest university supercomputing system with Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors SE10X. The peak performance of this powerful system, which includes 192 computing nodes based on innovative RSC Tornado architecture with direct liquid cooling, is 236.8 TFLOPS (trillion floating point operations per second).
"The latest Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors improve performance and energy efficiency of our solution with direct liquid cooling based on RSC Tornado architecture allowing to achieve more than 2.5X energy efficiency improvement", stated Alexey Shmelev, COO at RSC Group.
RSC Tornado SUSU supercomputer significantly increases computing resources of South Ural State University. The system will be used to solve a wide range of sci-tech and industrial tasks, the number of which currently exceeds 250 in SUSU supercomputer centre project list.
"Our university productively cooperates with Intel Corporation and RSC Group in the development of high performance solution for many years, which allowed us to create a de-facto most powerful supercomputing centre both in Ural Federal District and the Eastern part of Russia - from Ural to the Far East. Several generations of SUSU supercomputers have already been created based on Intel architectures. And our new RSC Tornado SUSU supercomputer is Europe's first university computing system equipped with the latest Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. This powerful yet energy efficient supercomputer with the peak performance of 236.8 TFLOPS will allow us to perform new large-scale scientific research and solve a wider range of practical socio-economic tasks with the goal to modernize the economy of both Ural region and the whole country", stated Alexander Shestakov, Rector of South Ural State University.
"In recent years Russia has actively developed computing centres at the national level, primarily in the leading universities. The creation of Europe's largest university supercomputer with the latest Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors SE10X in South Ural State University further confirms Russian government's and Leadership's commitment to improve Russia's competitiveness by actively developing the intellectual potential of the country and the use of Intel's state-of-the-art high-performance and energy efficient technology", stated Christian Morales, Intel's Vice-President and General Manager in EMEA.
The new stage in development of innovative RSC Tornado architecture for energy efficient data centres and supercomputing complexes allowed RSC Group's specialists to implement world's first direct liquid cooling for widely available Intel Xeon-based standard server boards (from various manufacturers), initially designed for traditional systems with air cooling of electronic components, with the latest Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. This is the third generation of RSC's energy-efficient solutions for High Performance Computing, Cloud environments and data centres.
Powerful solutions with high computing density based on RSC Tornado architecture with direct liquid cooling are designed to solve various customers' needs. The product line includes RSC DCmicro (16 to 64 nodes), RSC DCmini (64 to 256 nodes) and RSC Data Center (from 2 high dense racks up to dozens of PFLOPS).
Among the unique features of RSC Tornado architecture and solutions, there are the following: