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Primeur weekly 2013-07-22

Special

Moore's Law is bound to continue but the formula for success is changing ...

The Cloud

Contrail project team to organize Contest Competition at Euro-Par 2013 ...

European Commission to issue report on Cloud Computing SLAs in FP7 ...

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Tenders for the largest supercomputer in Poland are getting off the ground


18 Jul 2013 Swierk - The main objective of a supercomputer currently under development at the National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ) Swierk is to assist the Polish power generation industry. The computing power of the supercomputer is soon going to increase many times. Tender proceedings aimed to purchase processors of a computing power comparable to a combined power of about 20 thousand PCs have just got off the ground. No computing centre in the country has got similar power at their disposal.

NCBJ has just initiated a series of tender proceedings for delivery of a computing hardware of a total capacity in the order of 500 TFLOPS i.e. 500 billion floating point operations per second. The computer cluster currently under development at NCBJ within the Świerk Computing Centre (CIS) project is going to be a unique computer facility in Poland of a similar power and ranging within the 60 most powerful supercomputers in the world.

"500 TFLOPS is equivalent to a total capacity of more or less 20 thousand of average (i.e. not the cheapest) PCs used in our homes and offices. No institution in Poland has got a similar computing power at their disposal", explained Professor Wojciech Wislicki, the CIS project head. "The new infrastructure will increase our capacity to compute data by more than 25 times, and in that way we will obviously improve availability of the services offered within the CIS project, as well as their scope and range."

The CIS computer cluster developed with the Polish power generation industry and the Polish researchers' needs in mind is currently composed of 1,920 processing cores, 7.5 TB RAM, and 560 TB disk storage. The theoretical performance limit of such an infrastructure is 17.25 TFLOPS. The cluster is predominantly used to test dedicated software and to analyze requirements that must be met to efficiently use such software. The so-far gathered experience is indispensable to reasonably work out terms of tenders for the main part of the infrastructure.

Significance of the fact that the cluster will soon be extended is pointed out also by Professor Grzegorz Wrochna, NCBJ Director General. "The planned purchase is a milestone on the way to develop a proper IT backstage in the programme to construct the first nuclear power plant in Poland. Besides, new computing power will also be an important factor in R&D projects accomplished by our Institute."

The architecture of the planned computing infrastructure purchase has been selected with two factors in mind: the highest possible computing power and a reasonable energy efficiency. Some most modern solutions in cooling, power supply, and disk storage systems will be utilized.

"We have decided to employ a water cooling system as such systems are capable to transfer almost 4,000 times more heat than air-based ones. The technology will allow us to optimize the energy efficiency of our hardware i.e. to dramatically increase available computing power per unit of electric power consumed by the supercomputer", explained M. Eng. Adam Padée, Head of the CIS Computing Infrastructure Division. "Growing demand for computing resources together with huge costs of running large collections of energy-inefficient hardware combine into the challenge of today: to maximize output from every consumed Watt of power rather than to construct at any price a highly efficient computing system."

NCBJ experts estimate that the new water-based hardware cooling system will help to reduce electricity bills by up to 80% as compared to traditional air-based solutions. New-generation energy-efficient processors and an intelligent management system are expected to further reduce infrastructure running costs.
Source: National Center for Nuclear Research - NCBJ

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Primeur weekly 2013-07-22

Special

Moore's Law is bound to continue but the formula for success is changing ...

The Cloud

Contrail project team to organize Contest Competition at Euro-Par 2013 ...

European Commission to issue report on Cloud Computing SLAs in FP7 ...

VEP 2.0 is now available ...

HP helps enterprises use Big Data to protect critical information and mitigate risk ...

HP helps DreamWorks Animation’s "Turbo" race into theaters ...

IBM announces a 10-year strategic partnership with UniCredit to deliver new services ...

Big Data from Alzheimer's disease whole genome sequencing will be available to researchers due to novel global research database ...

Desktop Grids

Italian BOINC project publishes research paper ...

EuroFlash

Tenders for the largest supercomputer in Poland are getting off the ground ...

Altair's Compute Manager 12.0 scales beyond 500 concurrent users and 500,000 jobs, managing Big Data from HPC faster ...

Absolute technologies is the latest Calibre UK distributoA ...

4K 3D transatlantic transmission streamed between Poznan and Chicago ...

PRACE demonstrates again its strong support for European high-impact science and innovation ...

USFlash

Internationally recognised computing experts augment NeSI team ...

LLNL High Performance Computing Innovation Center marks second anniversary ...

PGI Accelerator compilers add support for AMD APUs and GPUs ...

Rogue Wave and Cray Inc. expand strategic alliance ...

NWSC named 'green' data centre of the year ...

WildPackets announces WatchPoint 3.0 ...

Upsite Technologies joins the Green Grid to promote data centre efficiency through proper airflow management ...

NVIDIA launches world's first GPU-accelerated platform for geospatial intelligence analysts ...

Oracle Exalytics X3-4 powers real-time analytical insights ...

Computer system automatically generates TCP congestion-control algorithms ...

Strata Health helps customers speed patient care with Oracle Database Appliance ...