For the first time, the TOP500 list, published in November, 2014, contains two systems developed by RSC for one of the most innovative and the most powerful supercomputing centres in Russia at the St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University (SPbSPU). Polytechnic RSC Tornado made the first hundred of the TOP500 taking the 81st place with a LINPACK performance of 658 Teraflops. The new SPbSPU supercomputing cluster based on the RSC Tornado architecture with direct liquid cooling has a peak performance of 829 Teraflops. It is the first project in Russia and CIS based on the newest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 server processors.
Polytechnic RSC Tornado includes 712 dual-processor nodes containing 1424 high-performance Intel Xeon E5-2697 v3 server processors (14 cores, 2.6 GHz frequency each), Intel S2600KP and Intel S2600WT server boards for this processor generation, and the latest Intel SSD DC S3500 solid state drives for corporate data centres. These HPC resources will be used not only to solve relevant scientific tasks but also for Cloud, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and graphical services.
The second part of the new hybrid HPC resources contains a unique high-density massively parallel RSC PetaStream system with direct liquid cooling and a total performance of 258 Teraflops. The Polytechnic RSC PetaStream supercomputer has demonstrated a LINPACK performance of 170.5 Teraflops taking the 390th position in the current edition of the TOP500 list. This SPbSPU supercomputing system developed and produced by RSC specialists in Russia is based on 60-core Intel Xeon Phi 5120D and Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 family processors with Intel server boards and Intel SSD DC S3500 solid-state drives for enterprise data centres.
A unique feature of RSC PetaStream is the massively parallel architecture based on Intel Xeon Phi enabling execution of up to 250,000 parallel threads on 1024 computing nodes based on x86 architecture in a single cabinet taking just 1 sq.m. The RSC PetaStream massively parallel architecture holds the world records of computing and power density as well as of compactness. RSC PetaStream implements an innovative subsystem based on the leading industry standard of 400V DC power developed in cooperation with Emerson Electric. This subsystem enables power distribution efficiency over 90% improving overall energy efficiency of the system, reduction of operating costs and overall reliability of the complex.
RSC PetaStream enables development of the latest applications to make breakthroughs in bioengineering, astrophysics, chemistry, radio electronics and control systems.
The total peak performance of the new SPbSPU supercomputing centre after its commissioning planned for 2015 will exceed 1.1 Petaflops.
The current TOP500 list also includes two RSC systems based on liquid-cooled RSC Tornado cluster architecture, Intel Xeon server processors, Intel server boards and Intel SSDs.
The 133th position of the rating is held by the MVS-10P supercomputer with a peak performance of 523 Teraflops that has been deployed two years ago at the Joint Supercomputer Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (JSCC RAS).
The 190th position in the TOP500 list is taken by the RSC Tornado SUSU computing cluster with 473 Teraflops peak performance that has been running in South Ural State University (SUSU) in Chelyabinsk since 2009.