E4 Computer Engineering will supply two clusters, consisting of 8 or 10 nodes equipped with dual socket Cavium ThunderX workload optimized processors, based on ARMv8-A architecture and low-latency InfiniBand interconnection. The cluster for Thunderstruck, Universitat Politècnica de la Catalunya - ISC16 booth #1452, will have a liquid cooling system, while the cluster for Boston Green, including members from MIT, Boston University, and Northeastern University working from booth #1362, exploits an air cooling system.
"We wanted to contribute to this challenge for a long time and this year we finally have the opportunity to support two teams with the low-power technology we have been working with since 2013", stated Piero Altoè, Marketing and BDM Manager at E4. "We are excited to see what the Boston Green and Thunderstruck students create with ARM-based clusters in an 'uncontrolled' environment such as SCC."
"ARM technology is already being deployed in high-performance computing applications", stated Eric Van Hensbergen, distinguished engineer and director of HPC, ARM. "Our collaboration with E4 and the student teams is a great way of highlighting the advancing ARM ecosystem for HPC and developing innovative ideas to solve the challenges of delivering performance in a power-constrained environment."
"The Thunderstruck team is glad to receive E4's endorsement for this year's challenge", stated Filippo Mantovani, Senior researcher at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. "Thanks to the Mont-Blanc project, BSC has solid expertise in ARM-based technology prototype development, as well as an established collaboration with E4. Students are putting energy and passion into studying the applications and tuning them on E4's platform, and I am looking forward to seeing the whole team on the field of ISC."
"The advances in energy-efficient HPC design and optimization over the course of the last year or two is truly inspiring", stated Kurt Keville, Cluster Admin at MIT. "In a power-limited supercomputing competition, you must look for every opportunity in the OS and application stack to make improvements and the E4 solution with Cavium ThunderX offers our student programmers the chance to tune every aspect of the production codes and benchmarks."
Held in collaboration between the HPC Advisory Council and ISC High Performance organizers, the Student Cluster Competition will begin on June 20th and the winner will be announced on June 22nd just before the end of the exhibition. People will be able to vote their favourite team starting from June 20 at 3pm at the following link: http://survey.gabrielconsultinggroup.com/limesurvey/index.php?sid=56469&lang=en .