With the addition of the new Cray CS300 system, named "COMA (PACS-IX)", which stands for Cluster Of Many-core Architecture processors, and the previously announced High Accelerated Parallel Advanced system for Computational Science (HA-PACS) system, the University now has two petascale Cray cluster supercomputers.
COMA is the ninth generation of the PACS series of supercomputers at the University of Tsukuba, which has been conducting scientific research on its systems for more than 30 years. The COMA system utilizes Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, and will provide the CCS user community with a powerful tool for performing research in the areas of space physics, theory of elementary particles, life sciences and material sciences.
"At this moment, COMA is the largest cluster system in Japan to employ Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors", stated Prof. Taisuke Boku, Chair of the Administrative Committee for Computer Systems at the Center for Computational Sciences at the University of Tsukuba. "With the sophisticated implementation of the Cray CS300 system, COMA occupies an incredibly small footprint for a petaflop supercomputing system. We are focused on accelerated computing technologies for scientific computing. It is quite interesting to now have the ability to research and compare the performance characteristics of two different types of accelerators - the GPUs on our HA-PACS system and the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors on our COMA system."
Focused on promoting scientific discovery through the application of advanced computing technologies, CCS supports computational scientific research in Japanese universities and institutes by operating advanced computing systems. The Center performs research on critical issues in fundamental science, material science and environmental science by performing large-scale simulations and large-scale data analysis.
"We are honoured that one of Japan's most prestigious high performance computing facilities, and a recognized leader in accelerated computing, has once again chosen a Cray cluster supercomputer to deliver breakthrough scientific results across a wide range of disciplines", stated Mamoru Nakano, president of Cray Japan. "We look forward to continuing to build a collaborative partnership between CCS and their users. The addition of this new Cray system at the University is another example of our continued drive to expand our presence in Japan and across the broader Asia Pacific region."
The Cray CS300 series of cluster supercomputers are scalable, cluster solutions that group optimized, x86 industry-standard building block server platforms into a unified, fully-integrated system. Available with air or liquid-cooled architectures, Cray CS300 systems provide superior price/performance, energy efficiency and configuration flexibility. The systems are integrated with Cray's HPC software stack and include software tools compatible with most open source and commercial compilers, schedulers, and libraries. Cray CS300 systems also feature the Cray Advanced Cluster Engine, an essential management software suite designed to provide network, server, cluster and storage management capabilities that are necessary to run large, complex technical applications.