RSC Group presents a new generation RSC Tornado cluster solution


13 Jul 2015 Frankfurt - RSC Group has demonstrated a new generation of RSC Tornado cluster solution at the international supercomputing conference ISC’15. The new generation has improved footprint and computing density, energy efficiency, high operational stability of computing nodes in "hot water" mode with +65 оC cooling agent temperature at node output - setting the current global record of HPC industry. This proves leading positions of RSC Group in the most innovative areas of development of the global supercomputer industry.

Many customers use solutions based on RSC Tornado cluster architecture with liquid cooling developed by RSC Group specialists in production environments for over four years. These solutions are used by the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University named after Peter the Great (SPbPU), Joint Supercomputer Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (JSCC RAS), South Ural State University (SUSU), Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), Roshydromet and other customers from other industries.

The new generation of RSC Tornado cluster solution has the following improved characteristics:

  • improved physical density: up to 153 computing nodes per cabinet (previously 128),
  • improved computing density: over 200 teraflops/m3 on standard processors and up to 256 GB RAM per node,
  • improved reliability: independent hydraulic pump modules (hydraulic regulation modules) of the liquid cooling system per a computing domain (up to 9 modules per cabinet) with redundancy level from N+1 to N+N,
  • improved energy efficiency: provides necessary conditions for stable operation of computing nodes in "hot water mode" at +65 оC temperature at node output (setting current global record in the HPC industry),
  • new power supply module in computing node form factor providing efficient transformation of 220V AC to 400V DC and supporting parallel operation on common bus,
  • updated design of computing cabinet with support of new high speed interconnect communication technologies including Mellanox EDR Infiniband, Intel® Omni-Path,
  • intended support of future Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors (codenamed Broadwell and Knights Landing architectures).

High availability and accessibility are provided by innovative system of control and monitoring of separate nodes and the entire cluster system, expanded power management, redundancy of power supplies and hydraulic regulation modules. All elements of the system (computing nodes, power supplies, hydraulic regulation modules, etc.) have dedicated controller providing broad capabilities for telemetry and management of each element. Cabinet design supports replacement of hydraulic regulation modules in hot swap mode without interruption of system operation. liquid cooling of all components ensures their longevity.

Latest innovative approaches in new generation of RSC Tornado cluster solution enabled reduction of infrastructure costs within the scope of computing system development and provided capabilities for more flexible upgrades of single nodes and the entire system.

The new generation of RSC Tornado is based on standard Intel server components including Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 server processors, Intel S2600KP server boards and Intel SSD DC S3500/3600/3700 solid-state drives for data centres

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RSC Tornado cluster solution remains industry leader in footprint, computing density, energy efficiency, reliability, accessibility and manageability.

"Unique extensive experience of RSC specialists in development of efficient direct liquid cooling technologies and ultra-high dense integration of supercomputer solutions based on standard server components enabled development and presentation of a new generation of RSC Tornado cluster solution with a number of improved characteristics that are highly demanded by customers using powerful computing centres. In addition to computing and power density records set by our earlier solutions, the new generation of RSC Tornado has set world record of stable operation in 'hot water' mode at +65о С", stated Alexey Shmelev, COO of the RSC Group.
Source: RSC Group