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Primeur weekly 2012-09-10

Exascale supercomputing

Fujitsu Laboratories develops integrated silicon optical transmitter to carry large volumes of data between CPUs ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud'12 Panel to examine challenges of moving HPC to the Cloud ...

Numergy - the digital energy producer supporting businesses and institutions - is born ...

Dell and VMware double down on desktop virtualization ...

HP helps Diversified Agency Services transition to Cloud data centre ...

HP accelerates enterprises' journey to the Cloud ...

Anheuser-Busch InBev extends global supply chain with IBM software ...

IBM Smarter Commerce helps RadioShack deliver customer value and drive sales ...

Nutanix Complete Cluster brings SAN-free virtualization to Hadoop ...

EuroFlash

Towards computing with water droplets - superhydrophobic droplet logic ...

Swiss national supercomputing computing strategy set in stone ...

USFlash

DataDirect Networks is named America's fastest growing $200M+ privately held computer company by Inc. Magazine ...

DataDirect Networks supercharges SAS Grid computing ...

EMC and Alpine Data Labs to deliver joint solution for high performance "in database" predictive analytics ...

New Zealand's vBridge selects HP Converged Storage for 100 percent uptime ...

Michigan State University to introduce students to analytics and Big Data using IBM Watson ...

IBM opens Smarter Data Center in Mexico to support clients' growth and transformation ...

IDC maintains HPC server revenue forecast of 7% growth despite flat second quarter ...

Intel Xeon processors and Xeon Phi co-processors promise to power world's most efficient HPC data centre ...

Department of Energy awards IU cybersecurity centre $437,000 grant for identity management project ...

Birth of a planet ...

EMC and VMware unveil early access programme for new EMC Storage Analytics Suite for VNX ...

Intel Xeon processors and Xeon Phi co-processors promise to power world's most efficient HPC data centre

5 Sep 2012 Santa Clara - Signaling its commitment to energy-efficient high-performance computing, Intel Corporation will work with HP to help design and provide the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with a supercomputing system that will drive research across a number of energy-related initiatives, including renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. The new High Performance Computer (HPC) data centre promises to become one of the world's most efficient installations.

The system is scheduled to deliver full compute capacity in the summer of 2013 and will feature approximately 3,200 Intel Xeon processors including current-generation Intel Xeon processor E5-2670, future 22nm Ivy Bridge based processors and approximately 600 new Intel Xeon Phi co-processors. The total peak performance of the system is expected to exceed 1 Petaflop (equivalent to a thousand trillion floating point operations per second) and it will be the largest supercomputer dedicated solely to renewable energy and energy efficiency research. Leading energy-efficient capabilities of Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi co-processors combined with the new HP warm water cooling solution and innovative data centre design will result in this facility likely being the world's most efficient data centre with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.06 or better.

"The heart of NREL is based on a powerful combination of the Intel Xeon processor E5 product family, which leads the data center industry in performance per watt, and Intel Xeon Phi co-processors which are setting new records for energy efficiency", stated Raj Hazra, vice president and general manager of Intel Technical Computing Group. "We are proud that the very best energy-efficient processing technology in computing is the foundation for the supercomputer that will drive the research for renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies."

The data centre industry uses the PUE rating as the standard measurement to describe the power usage effectiveness and measure the efficiency of any given site. The ideal PUE rating would be 1.0, and PUE of 2.0 means that for every watt of power used for IT equipment, an additional watt is used in overhead like cooling systems. According to the EPA's Energy Star Program, a typical PUE is 1.92. With a PUE rating for this system expected to be 1.06 or better, NREL's installation will be nearly twice efficient as average.

"At NREL, we have taken a holistic approach to sustainable computing", stated Steve Hammond, NREL Computational Science director. "This new system will allow NREL to increase our computational capabilities while being mindful of energy and water used. We will take advantage of both the bytes of information produced and the BTUs produced. The new HPC system will dramatically improve our modelling and simulations capabilities used to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies as well as energy system integration. At the same time, NREL's partnership with Intel and HP will demonstrate best-in-class for energy-efficient computing and data center design and will provide a laboratory for collaborative research to address future energy challenges in HPC systems and data centres."

Intel and HP experts worked with data centre designers at NREL to leverage innovative warm water liquid cooling technology to maximize the reuse of heat. There will not be any traditional mechanical or compressor-based cooling systems; the "waste heat" from the computer system will be used as the primary heat source in the adjacent office and lab space. Excess heat can also be exported to other areas of the NREL campus. The data centre design is compact, resulting in short runs for both electrical and plumbing components.

One of the key ingredients in making this facility energy and performance efficient was the inclusion of the upcoming Intel Xeon Phi co-processors. Made using Intel's 22nm 3D tri-Gate transistor technology, the co-processors based on Intel Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture offer a combination of leading performance efficiency and friendly programming model, allowing developers to achieve great performance at low energy and time cost associated with optimizing applications for taking full advantage of new technology. NREL was participating in the software development for Intel MIC architecture, and spent only a few days to port a half-million lines of code of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) application to prepare for taking full advantage of the energy efficiency and performance of Intel Xeon Phi cores. WRF is one of several atmospheric modelling tools NREL is deploying in wind energy research.

"The idea is to make wind power compelling from a cost-of-energy standpoint", stated John Michalakes, NREL HPC scientist. “Modeling the wind energy system from meteorological to turbine scales means squeezing every last ounce of performance from our simulations, and the ability to develop and optimize using the same software ecosystem as the host Intel Xeon processor is a tremendous boost for application performance, scaling and programmer productivity."

Intel is committed to driving energy efficiency in its products and manufacturing operations. Intel's IT organisation continues to improve the energy efficiency of the company's data centres and completed projects that have saved nearly 120 million kWh of energy over the past 2 years. Additionally, Intel has invested more than $58 million in resource conservation and efficiency projects to reduce energy use in operations, saving more than 825 million kWh of energy since 2001.
Source: Intel

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Primeur weekly 2012-09-10

Exascale supercomputing

Fujitsu Laboratories develops integrated silicon optical transmitter to carry large volumes of data between CPUs ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud'12 Panel to examine challenges of moving HPC to the Cloud ...

Numergy - the digital energy producer supporting businesses and institutions - is born ...

Dell and VMware double down on desktop virtualization ...

HP helps Diversified Agency Services transition to Cloud data centre ...

HP accelerates enterprises' journey to the Cloud ...

Anheuser-Busch InBev extends global supply chain with IBM software ...

IBM Smarter Commerce helps RadioShack deliver customer value and drive sales ...

Nutanix Complete Cluster brings SAN-free virtualization to Hadoop ...

EuroFlash

Towards computing with water droplets - superhydrophobic droplet logic ...

Swiss national supercomputing computing strategy set in stone ...

USFlash

DataDirect Networks is named America's fastest growing $200M+ privately held computer company by Inc. Magazine ...

DataDirect Networks supercharges SAS Grid computing ...

EMC and Alpine Data Labs to deliver joint solution for high performance "in database" predictive analytics ...

New Zealand's vBridge selects HP Converged Storage for 100 percent uptime ...

Michigan State University to introduce students to analytics and Big Data using IBM Watson ...

IBM opens Smarter Data Center in Mexico to support clients' growth and transformation ...

IDC maintains HPC server revenue forecast of 7% growth despite flat second quarter ...

Intel Xeon processors and Xeon Phi co-processors promise to power world's most efficient HPC data centre ...

Department of Energy awards IU cybersecurity centre $437,000 grant for identity management project ...

Birth of a planet ...

EMC and VMware unveil early access programme for new EMC Storage Analytics Suite for VNX ...