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Hardware

A*STAR Computational Resource Centre and Obsidian Strategics collaborate to create the Galaxy, a geographically distributed Supercomputer of Supercomputers ...

Applications

IDC announces first in-depth forecasts for worldwide HPC Big Data market ...

TOP500

InfiniBand leads TOP500 as most used interconnect technology for high-performance computing ...

The Grid

UberCloud announces technical computing marketplace and appstore ...

Univa Corporation and CPU 24/7 partners to provide integrated solution ...

Company news

AppliedMicro announces readiness of 64-bit ARM-based server SoC for high performance computing ...

APM & E4 launch EK003 family of high-performance, energy efficient servers for HPC data centres ...

CoolIT Systems announces Bronze Sponsorship and key presence at ISC14 in Germany ...

Intel re-architects the fundamental building block for high-performance computing ...

Echostreams is teaming up with CacheIO and Orange Silicon Valley to demonstrate 2 million tpmC Flash Storage at ISC2014 in Leipzig, Germany ...

Innovative processors, supercomputer-in-a-box, and Student Cluster Challenge at the ISC'14 Exhibition ...

T-Platforms to launch new A-Class supercomputer system ...

Mellanox introduces the world's first 100Gb/s EDR InfiniBand switch ...

Mellanox interconnect solutions accelerate new HP Apollo family ...

Mellanox introduces HPC-X scalable software toolkit for high-performance computing platforms and applications ...

Mellanox InfiniBand and Ethernet solutions deliver performance and efficiency for AppliedMicro's X-Gene ARM-based server platform ...

T-Platforms to launch new A-Class supercomputer system

24 Jun 2014 Leipzig - T-Platforms, a global supplier of solutions and services for high-performance computing, has introduced the new A-Class supercomputer system, a highly integrated platform designed to simplify the transition to multi-petaflops computations. T-Platforms is unveiling the A-Class at the International Supercomputing Conference, June 23-26, in Leipzig, Germany. The A-Class is the most advanced T-Platforms product, with the highest computational density, scalability, energy efficiency and reliability features combined in a custom rack-level chassis.

The system features two independent head nodes, 256 compute nodes and 60 InfiniBand and Ethernet switches, all tightly coupled into a single, powerful computing resource.

The initial A-Class peak performance of 420 teraflops per single system can be scaled up to 54 petaflops by combining a maximum of 128 systems. The first released compute module features four custom system boards with a single Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 microprocessor and NVIDIA Tesla K40 accelerator. A set-up with one processor and one GPU accelerator provides a balanced configuration to solve various computational problems, while optimal implementation of NVIDIA GPU Direct technology helps to achieve the maximum optimal computational efficiency.

The A-Class offers a comprehensive network environment, providing two independent Ethernet networks for system management and two independent InfiniBand networks, one used for MPI traffic and the other for data access. Popular 3D- and 4D-torus, flattened butterfly, and hypercube, among other advanced topologies, are available to reach optimal interconnect performance and efficiency.

The A-Class management, compute and switching modules are directly cooled by hot water, with input temperature as high as 45°C and output of over 50°C. Printed circuit boards of nodes and switches are attached to a customer radiator plate with spill-proof water connectors.

The use of hot water as a coolant significantly reduces system operational noise and enables the system's year-round 'free cooling' mode for cost savings on compressors and chillers. To improve TCO during winter, customers can reuse the hot outlet water to heat offices.

A host of resilient hardware and advanced software features enhance A-Class reliability. A management failover function is implemented via two independent hot-swappable management modules with separate networks. A-Class management modules monitor system components, control programme load states and configuration of installed software. Independent power inputs and redundant power supplies ensure the entire system's continued operation, critical for petascale computations.

The Moscow State University is running A-Class field tests and recently submitted system performance details for inclusion in the TOP500 list of the world's most powerful supercomputers. A single A-Class system was ranked 130th in June 2014 edition of the list.

"The A-Class is an impressive HPC system", stated Professor Vladimir Voevodin, Deputy Director at the Research Computing Center, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU). "The newest solution from T-Platforms gives us more choices as we prepare for the new multi-petaflops supercomputer deployment."

"At the earliest A-Class design stages we listened carefully to the input from MSU, the largest customer and primary research partner of T-Platforms", stated Mr. Seva Opanasenko, T-Platforms' CEO. "And to address current and future HPC challenges we worked very closely with suppliers to implement the right mix of performance and system efficiency."

The A-Class system is going through testing and certification stages and is now available for pre-orders.
Source: T-Platforms

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Primeur live 2014-06-24

Hardware

A*STAR Computational Resource Centre and Obsidian Strategics collaborate to create the Galaxy, a geographically distributed Supercomputer of Supercomputers ...

Applications

IDC announces first in-depth forecasts for worldwide HPC Big Data market ...

TOP500

InfiniBand leads TOP500 as most used interconnect technology for high-performance computing ...

The Grid

UberCloud announces technical computing marketplace and appstore ...

Univa Corporation and CPU 24/7 partners to provide integrated solution ...

Company news

AppliedMicro announces readiness of 64-bit ARM-based server SoC for high performance computing ...

APM & E4 launch EK003 family of high-performance, energy efficient servers for HPC data centres ...

CoolIT Systems announces Bronze Sponsorship and key presence at ISC14 in Germany ...

Intel re-architects the fundamental building block for high-performance computing ...

Echostreams is teaming up with CacheIO and Orange Silicon Valley to demonstrate 2 million tpmC Flash Storage at ISC2014 in Leipzig, Germany ...

Innovative processors, supercomputer-in-a-box, and Student Cluster Challenge at the ISC'14 Exhibition ...

T-Platforms to launch new A-Class supercomputer system ...

Mellanox introduces the world's first 100Gb/s EDR InfiniBand switch ...

Mellanox interconnect solutions accelerate new HP Apollo family ...

Mellanox introduces HPC-X scalable software toolkit for high-performance computing platforms and applications ...

Mellanox InfiniBand and Ethernet solutions deliver performance and efficiency for AppliedMicro's X-Gene ARM-based server platform ...