The University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne is ranked 5th in the Green500 list published during the SC Conference in Denver, Colorado on November 20, 2013. The Green500 list is a ranking of the most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world. Systems listed in the Green500 must feature in the latest TOP500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers - the University of Reims' supercomputer is ranked 151th in the TOP500 list released at the SC Conference.
"This new cluster fully meets the needs expressed by our researchers in terms of performance, efficiency and ease of use. The Romeo system will accelerate their research in various fields such as applied mathematics, physics and engineering sciences or multiscale molecular modelling. It will be also open to our academic and industrial partners at the European level. We have been able to set up this system thanks to our long-term partnership with Bull and NVIDIA. Finally, we would like to thank the European Regional Development Fund, the French government, the Champagne-Ardenne Region and the City of Reims for their support", stated Professor Michael Krajecki, CEO of the ROMEO HPC centre.
The "Romeo" system has been fully operational since October. Powered by 260 NVIDIA Tesla K20X GPU accelerators housed in 130bullx R421 E3 servers, the system delivers 254.9 Tflops of performance based on the Linpack benchmark and features a free-cooling system based on the Bull Cool Cabinet Door.
It will be available for both industrial and academic researchers in the region, along with a panoply of services, including secured storage, software and support, as well as in-depth expertise in different engineering fields: HPC, applied mathematics, physics, biophysics and chemistry.
To herald the full hybrid cluster, the ROMEO HPC Center launched the ROMEO challenge "Exceed the limits". This challenge is an opportunity to overcome all the usual limitations and to test out the new Tesla K20X GPU-based cluster. It is open to all European researchers and companies. 5 million computing hours will be allocated to projects that can exploit a significant portion, or the totality, of this unique scientific platform, after selection by the ROMEO Scientific Committee.
"Bull is proud of its long-standing partnership with the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne in high-performance computing. The outstanding efficiency of the new Romeo system clearly demonstrates the real scalability of Bull architecture", declared Michel Guillemet, VP Innovative Products at Bull.
"The Romeo system enables researchers in universities all over France to accelerate their scientific discoveries using GPU accelerators", stated Sumit Gupta, General Manager of the Tesla Accelerated Computing product line at NVIDIA. "The use of GPU-accelerated supercomputers is key to improving France's economic output by dramatically improving product design and fueling the next generation of scientific breakthroughs."
Furthermore, the ROMEO HPC Center has been involved since 2011 in the French Computing strategy as a special tier-2 to tier-1 provisioning center since it is a member of the Equip@meso consortium founded by the French government (Investissements d'Avenir) and co-ordinated by GENCI, the Organization for French High Performance Computing in public research. The scope of this project is to develop 10 medium-sized HPC centres, both in terms of computing power and their ability to develop joint projects with SMEs.
"We are delighted about the availability of this 250 TFlops hybrid system at ROMEO. It will reinforce French regional capacity in Equip@meso infrastructure and will extend the HPC-PME programme, the national initiative aimed at SMEs with Inria, BPI France and GENCI in the Champagne-Ardenne Region. By benefiting from this equipment and the skills of the ROMEO team, we will help French SMEs assess the potential for them of using numerical simulation and HPC for increasing their industrial competitiveness", stated Stéphane Requena, CTO of GENCI.