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Primeur weekly 2017-03-20

Focus

CEO Steve Cotter elaborates on GEANT's backbone infrastructure, service deployment and KPI development ...

Exascale supercomputing

MicroVisor, a new hypervisor technology, paves the way for low-power data centres ...

Crowd computing

iEx.ec announces token crowdsale to launch the first distributed Cloud Crowdcomputing platform ...

Quantum computing

Digital pioneering work: Volkswagen uses quantum computers ...

D-Wave and Virginia Tech join forces to advance quantum computing ...

D-Wave 2000Q system to be installed at Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab run by Google, NASA, and Universities Space Research Association ...

Focus on Europe

NVIDIA partners with Bosch for system based on next-generation DRIVE PX Xavier platform ...

New supercomputer for RWTH Aachen ...

European 'Big Data' e-infrastructure to support biodiversity research Lifewatch now ERIC legal entity ...

ISC 2017 dedicates a day to deep learning ...

Hardware

Los Alamos National Laboratory donation adding to University of New Mexico supercomputing power ...

BASF selects HPE to build supercomputer for global chemical research ...

Top weather and climate sites rely on DDN storage for more accurate, faster simulations, forecasts and predictions ...

Noodle.ai unveils BEAST Enterprise Artificial Intelligence supercomputing technology - powered by NVIDIA DGX-1 AI supercomputer ...

Simons Foundation's Flatiron Institute to repurpose SDSC's 'Gordon' supercomputer ...

Applications

A scientist and a supercomputer re-create a tornado ...

Arthritis Research UK introduces IBM Watson-powered 'virtual assistant' to provide information and advice to people with arthritis ...

High-precision calculations on supercomputers help reveal the physics of the universe ...

IDx and IBM Watson Health forge alliance for eye health ...

IBM Watson Health to integrate MedyMatch Technology into cognitive imaging offerings to help doctors identify head trauma and stroke ...

Simultaneous detection of multiple spin states in a single quantum dot ...

Computer simulation of protein synthesis reveals awesome complexity of cell machinery ...

Computer simulations first step toward designing more efficient amine chemical scrubbers ...

The prototype of a chemical computer detects a sphere ...

The Cloud

Oracle announces fiscal 2017 Q3 results ...

IBM and Red Hat Collaborate to Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Adoption with OpenStack ...

New supercomputer for RWTH Aachen

17 Mar 2017 Aachen - RWTH Aachen University now has access to a new supercomputer, delivered earlier this month by NEC Deutschland GmbH. The new system will provide researchers in the engineering and natural sciences with high-performance computing capacity and support their wide‐ranging research needs. Thanks to the new supercomputer, RWTH Aachen is now in the top ten of German universities in terms of HPC resources.

The new high-performance computer is called "Cluster Aix-la-Chappelle", Claix for short. The system hosts compute nodes of the NEC LX series based on the new Intel Xeon E5-2600 processor product family. The system is built from more than 750 nodes, consisting of large memory SMP nodes and dual socket MPI compute nodes, with a total of over 19,000 computational cores capable of delivering a performance of more than 600 TeraFLOPS.

Furthermore, the nodes are connected through a high-speed Intel Omni-Path network with a topology that allows continuous expansion of the system for future HPC requirements.

The compute cluster also features a four petabyte NEC LXFS-z parallel file-system capable of 60 gigabyte per second bandwidth. Moreover, a scalable ZFS-based Lustre solution provides advanced data integrity features in combination with a high-density and high-reliability design.

Importantly, the new system is environmentally-friendly. The servers are entirely cooled with facility water, which reduces the air cooling requirements for the computer room by 90 percent. The cooling system allows water inlet temperatures up to 30 degrees Celsius, and by 2018, the cluster can be cooled through a heat exchanger that does not require external cooling power.

As Professor Matthias Müller, director of the IT Center at RWTH Aachen University, explained: "We chose NEC LX technology for its outstanding performance and its low operating costs, which are made possible through the system's innovative cooling technology. We are looking forward to continuing our collaboration with NEC as a strong corporate partner to support and expand our IT infrastructure with innovative technologies."
Source: RWTH Aachen University

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2017-03-20

Focus

CEO Steve Cotter elaborates on GEANT's backbone infrastructure, service deployment and KPI development ...

Exascale supercomputing

MicroVisor, a new hypervisor technology, paves the way for low-power data centres ...

Crowd computing

iEx.ec announces token crowdsale to launch the first distributed Cloud Crowdcomputing platform ...

Quantum computing

Digital pioneering work: Volkswagen uses quantum computers ...

D-Wave and Virginia Tech join forces to advance quantum computing ...

D-Wave 2000Q system to be installed at Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab run by Google, NASA, and Universities Space Research Association ...

Focus on Europe

NVIDIA partners with Bosch for system based on next-generation DRIVE PX Xavier platform ...

New supercomputer for RWTH Aachen ...

European 'Big Data' e-infrastructure to support biodiversity research Lifewatch now ERIC legal entity ...

ISC 2017 dedicates a day to deep learning ...

Hardware

Los Alamos National Laboratory donation adding to University of New Mexico supercomputing power ...

BASF selects HPE to build supercomputer for global chemical research ...

Top weather and climate sites rely on DDN storage for more accurate, faster simulations, forecasts and predictions ...

Noodle.ai unveils BEAST Enterprise Artificial Intelligence supercomputing technology - powered by NVIDIA DGX-1 AI supercomputer ...

Simons Foundation's Flatiron Institute to repurpose SDSC's 'Gordon' supercomputer ...

Applications

A scientist and a supercomputer re-create a tornado ...

Arthritis Research UK introduces IBM Watson-powered 'virtual assistant' to provide information and advice to people with arthritis ...

High-precision calculations on supercomputers help reveal the physics of the universe ...

IDx and IBM Watson Health forge alliance for eye health ...

IBM Watson Health to integrate MedyMatch Technology into cognitive imaging offerings to help doctors identify head trauma and stroke ...

Simultaneous detection of multiple spin states in a single quantum dot ...

Computer simulation of protein synthesis reveals awesome complexity of cell machinery ...

Computer simulations first step toward designing more efficient amine chemical scrubbers ...

The prototype of a chemical computer detects a sphere ...

The Cloud

Oracle announces fiscal 2017 Q3 results ...

IBM and Red Hat Collaborate to Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Adoption with OpenStack ...