NEC has developed its own solution which complements the performance of the open source file system Lustre by outstanding reliability. By applying a building-block approach it is very easy to handle and to scale. Moreover, a procedure has been developed to simplify the installation and commissioning considerably. This solution was jointly developed with a customer in the automotive industry and is now being used in the daily production process.
NEC provides its customers with three new options which complete the LXFS solution concept. Designed for HPC user demands, the NEC R-Series, P-Series and E-Series are the evolution of the LXFS concept. The E-series offers new opportunities for computer center consolidation by realizing a scale-out NAS. NEC's main focus is delivering high performance combined with resilience, with a focus on selecting high-quality components.
The share of InfiniBand technology as a high-performing cluster interconnect is growing rapidly. Since it provides low latency and high bandwidth it is successfully deployed in HPC cluster environments. NEC's research is focused on the development of methods to enhance the scalability and sustained performance of HPC applications. For this purpose NEC is offering large-scale InfiniBand deployments its own highly tuned software stack with optimized collectives support, integrated job scheduler tailored to the network topology and adaptive routing.
All of these techniques have been intensively tested with customers and NEC's partners Voltaire. NEC could demonstrate the large potential in commodity-based platforms with performance enhancements on large systems with several hundreds of nodes by 30%.
NEC presents its latest options of the LX-Series, the hybrid supercomputer LX-24000/G. With this new HPC platform users can run their codes faster by up to two orders by delegating certain parts of the computations from the CPU to the graphical computing processor. This is made possible by integrating NVIDIA Tesla Technology with its vector-like processors into the NEC LX Series Supercomputer which converts the HPC system into a highly productive and cost-effective hybrid supercomputer.
NEC has specialized itself on porting and tuning of HPC applications to GPU based compute nodes and large hybrid system. A complete system was recently installed at the Technische Universität Braunschweig including the parallel file system, NEC LXFS, developed by NEC, too. Moreover NEC application experts are providing user training for GPU porting as well as CUDA training. Together with NEC engineers NEC is able to design the right balance between CPUs, GPUs, network topology and software in order to perfectly match the needs of the customer.
NEC will develop future generations of traditional NEC SX vector systems with a strong focus on processor architecture. On Wednesday, June 2nd Dr. Rudolf Fischer, Senior Technical Manager at NEC Deutschland will have a talk about NECs HPC direction within the Hot Seat Session 2 in hall 3.