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TOP500

OpenFabrics Alliance announces OpenFabrics software powers 224 supercomputers in the TOP500

InfiniBand leadership continues to grow; now connecting 224 systems on the TOP500, nearly 20 percent more than Ethernet

Hardware

Convey Computer introduces innovative computer architecture for Big Data

SGI announces full support for the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor across all server lines

Mellanox Connect-IB InfiniBand adapter achieves world record performance results

Mellanox introduces MetroX - long haul InfiniBand Switch solutions

Mellanox InfiniBand Solutions enable new levels of research at Brookhaven National Laboratory

New Convey MX demonstrates leading power/performance on Graph 500 benchmark

Applications

HPC organisations combine forces at SC12 to support the growing use of Slurm workload manager

COSMOS Supercomputer utilizes Adaptive Computing technology to uncover mysteries of the Universe

XtreemFS 1.4 released at Supercomputing 2012

SGI's Big Brain Computer powers the Global Twitter Heartbeat

NASA missions featured at Supercomputing Conference

Company news

New Russian RSC Tornado SUSU energy efficient supercomputer is Europe's largest university cluster with the latest Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors

New Russian energy efficient supercomputer MVS-10P based on RSC Tornado architecture is Europe's largest project with new Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors

Allinea MAPs out new performance tool and crowd-sources design

Adaptive Computing supports latest supercomputing technology and boosts scheduling efficiency with Moab HPC Suite 7.2

Intel delivers new architecture for discovery with Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors

SARA selects Bull for delivery of new petascale national supercomputer

Asco opts for a bullx supercomputer from Bull

HP ProLiant servers deliver extreme compute performance

Accelerators everywhere: SGI offers new NVIDIA Tesla K20 and K20X GPU accelerators across all server lines

Mellanox expands line of FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand switch solutions with 12-port switch system for small scale, storage and embedded applications

L3 routing introduced for Mellanox 10/40GbE switches

Mellanox announces Unified Fabric Manager (UFM-SDN) data centre appliance and UFM software version 4.0

Supermicro FatTwin delivers 16% net power savings to transform the HPC landscape

Supermicro new 4U FatTwin supports 12x Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors

E4 Computer Engineering introduces the Carma Cluster series powered by Seco, a new family of energy efficient solutions aimed at HPC and data centre users

New Russian RSC Tornado SUSU energy efficient supercomputer is Europe's largest university cluster with the latest Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors

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:

  • Up to 128 х86 servers in a standard 42U rack 80х80х200 cm;
  • High-density blade server design based on widely available boards;
  • Record-breaking energy efficiency. The system allows achieving an industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of less than 1.06 (the ratio of total amount of power used by a computer data centre facility to the power delivered to computing equipment). This means that maximum 5.7% of the consumed energy by a data centre will be used for the cooling of the system;
  • Record-breaking computing effectiveness ratio: more than 96% for Intel Xeon E5-2690 processors in LINPACK benchmark (Intel Turbo Boost Technology is always on, which provides for clock speed gain of up to 400 MHz in LINPACK);
  • Removal of over 100 kW of power from each rack using RSC's unique liquid cooling design;
  • Possibility to use Intel's top-performing server processors with heat dissipation of 135W, e.g. Intel Xeon E5-2690 Processor (2.9 GHz, 8 cores) and the newest highest performing Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors;
  • High peak performance: over 47 TFLOPS per rack based on Intel x86 architecture with AVX Instruction set and up to 181 TFLOPS with the use of Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors SE10X;
  • High density: 74 TFLOPS per square meter (using Intel Xeon only) and 283 TFLOPS per sq. m (with Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors);
  • High scalability: up to PFLOPS level (dozens of racks);
  • Cost effectiveness: operating cost reduction by 60 percent (energy cost saving due to RSC solution operation);
  • Compact size: multifold datacenter floor area reduction comparing to traditional air-cooled installations;
  • Fully integrated software stack for High Performance Computing: RSC BasIS optimized for high performance computing.
Source: RSC Group

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Primeur live 2012-11-14

TOP500

OpenFabrics Alliance announces OpenFabrics software powers 224 supercomputers in the TOP500

InfiniBand leadership continues to grow; now connecting 224 systems on the TOP500, nearly 20 percent more than Ethernet

Hardware

Convey Computer introduces innovative computer architecture for Big Data

SGI announces full support for the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor across all server lines

Mellanox Connect-IB InfiniBand adapter achieves world record performance results

Mellanox introduces MetroX - long haul InfiniBand Switch solutions

Mellanox InfiniBand Solutions enable new levels of research at Brookhaven National Laboratory

New Convey MX demonstrates leading power/performance on Graph 500 benchmark

Applications

HPC organisations combine forces at SC12 to support the growing use of Slurm workload manager

COSMOS Supercomputer utilizes Adaptive Computing technology to uncover mysteries of the Universe

XtreemFS 1.4 released at Supercomputing 2012

SGI's Big Brain Computer powers the Global Twitter Heartbeat

NASA missions featured at Supercomputing Conference

Company news

New Russian RSC Tornado SUSU energy efficient supercomputer is Europe's largest university cluster with the latest Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors

New Russian energy efficient supercomputer MVS-10P based on RSC Tornado architecture is Europe's largest project with new Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors

Allinea MAPs out new performance tool and crowd-sources design

Adaptive Computing supports latest supercomputing technology and boosts scheduling efficiency with Moab HPC Suite 7.2

Intel delivers new architecture for discovery with Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors

SARA selects Bull for delivery of new petascale national supercomputer

Asco opts for a bullx supercomputer from Bull

HP ProLiant servers deliver extreme compute performance

Accelerators everywhere: SGI offers new NVIDIA Tesla K20 and K20X GPU accelerators across all server lines

Mellanox expands line of FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand switch solutions with 12-port switch system for small scale, storage and embedded applications

L3 routing introduced for Mellanox 10/40GbE switches

Mellanox announces Unified Fabric Manager (UFM-SDN) data centre appliance and UFM software version 4.0

Supermicro FatTwin delivers 16% net power savings to transform the HPC landscape

Supermicro new 4U FatTwin supports 12x Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors

E4 Computer Engineering introduces the Carma Cluster series powered by Seco, a new family of energy efficient solutions aimed at HPC and data centre users