Since its establishment in 1957, ISSP has served as Japan's central institution for solid state sciences research aimed at understanding the different natures of materials, from their atomic composition to the behaviour of electrons. Moreover, as the representative institute for the 2nd field of the K computer's strategic programme, "New Materials and Energy Creation", ISSP has led the establishment of the Computational Materials Science Initiative (CMSI), which is centred around the Institute for Molecular Science at the National Institute of Natural Sciences, the Institute for Materials Research at Tohoku University, and eleven other participating institutions. CMSI actively promotes research in the field of computational materials science.
To facilitate the development of applications for use in the K computer's strategic programme and other areas, ISSP selected the Fujitsu PRIMEHPC FX10 supercomputer, which is highly compatible with the K computer, having the latest ultra-parallel computing technologies. As a result, researchers will be able to develop and fine-tune programmes in an even more practical manner, thereby helping to facilitate breakthrough achievements in solid state science research while training the next generation of researchers who will lead the field of computational materials science.
Combining high performance, scalability, and reliability with superior energy efficiency, PRIMEHPC FX10 further enhances the Fujitsu technology used in the K computer.
The new system will use a PRIMEHPC FX10 supercomputer comprised of 4 racks and 384 nodes, thereby achieving a total theoretical computational performance of 90.8 teraflops. For its HPC middleware, the system will employ Technical Computing Suite for peta-scale systems, together with 12 PRIMERGY series servers as login nodes and management servers. ETERNUS storage systems, combined for a total capacity of 126.9 terabytes, will be deployed for storage. The file system will be constructed using the high-capacity, high-performance and highly reliable FEFS distributed file system.
PRIMEHPC FX10 received high acclaim from ISSP for its high performance and reliability, as well as its superior energy efficiency that can keep up with today's energy requirements, and the ultra-high performance and usability of FEFS.
Using the new system, ISSP will strive to train researchers who can develop applications for the K computer, together with accelerating research activities conducted on the K computer. This, in turn, is expected to lead to dramatic advances in solid state science and contribute to the development of high-performance devices, high-efficiency fuel cells, and new drugs.
Osamu Sugino, Ph.D., Associate Professor, ISSP, The University of Tokyo, stated: "It is of great significance that the new system, which is highly compatible with the K computer, will be deployed at ISSP to assist in research and application development. We expect the system will be of assistance in furthering the research of not only those involved in the strategic programme, but the larger solid state science community as well. Moreover, we anticipate it will be of great use, from a long-term perspective, in our software development and educational initiatives."