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Primeur weekly 2014-11-20

Focus

OpenMP to launch code challenge, taking parallel open source code to the next level ...

Exascale supercomputing

Bull, an Atos company, takes the lead in the extreme computing race ...

En route to processing power that rivals the human brain ...

SGI extends high performance computing innovation on path to exascale ...

EuroFlash

Numascale, Supermicro, and AMD announce the world's largest shared memory system to date ...

The University of Tromsø expands use of Asetek's liquid cooling ...

OCCIGEN: Pushing the frontiers of science and technology ...

Eurotech introduces HiVe, the ultimate accelerated computing solution ...

King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi acquires a NumaQ system for high performance in-memory analytics computations ...

National High Performance Computing Centre, Shenzhen University acquires Numascale shared memory system ...

Altair partners with South Africa's Centre for High Performance Computing ...

Czech Republic National Supercomputer Center selects powerful SGI supercomputer to drive advanced scientific research ...

USFlash

Altera and IBM unveil FPGA-accelerated POWER systems with coherent shared memory ...

Data Vortex to introduce their first scalable fine-grained gather-scatter parallel computer at Supercomputing 2014 ...

Kitware works with NVIDIA to drive massive acceleration in HPC visualization ...

Lenovo showcases high-performance computing innovations at Supercomputing 2014 ...

New Orleans becomes home to fastest Internet hub in the world ...

PGI high performance computing compilers coming to IBM POWER systems ...

Mellanox InfiniBand leads TOP500 as most used interconnect technology for high-performance computing for the 2nd consecutive time ...

Mellanox introduces programmable network adapter product line with application acceleration engine ...

Mellanox delivers the world's fastest EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand switch with latency less than 90 nanosecond ...

Minnesota Supercomputing Institute selects Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand for large-scale supercomputer ...

Rogue Wave reveals new releases and a presentation theater at SC14 ...

ANSYS and NCSA achieve supercomputing milestone ...

Seagate announces reseller agreement with SGI ...

OCCIGEN: Pushing the frontiers of science and technology

17 Nov 2014 Paris - GENCI, the French HPC agency, has acquired in June 2014 a new 2.1 Pflops large scale supercomputer called OCCIGEN (pronounced oxygen). This Bull system is installed at the National Computer Center for Higher Education (Cines, Centre informatique national de l'enseignement supérieur), one of the three national computing centres in France. It multiplies by more than 8 times the computing resources available at Cines and allows GENCI to provide French scientists with a great boost of the global capacity available reaching a total of 5.7 Pflops.

OCCIGEN is powered by the 12 cores Intel Xeon E5-2690 v3 processor, for a total amount of 50 000 cores and its balanced architecture includes more than 200 TB of distributed memory and an I/O subsystem able to manage data at a speed of over 100GB/s, using Intel supported Lustre software.

Thanks to this performance, OCCIGEN will be capable of addressing any type of numerical simulation and managing massive amounts of data. It is also designed to subsequently accommodate hybrid technologies.

Bull, an Atos company, has been selected after an open and highly competitive tendering process, including a considerable focus on energy optimization for simulations and financial assessment taking into account the total cost of ownership of the supercomputer over its entire expected lifespan.

Based on the direct liquid cooled bullx B720 compute blades, the OCCIGEN supercomputer has a peak compute performance in excess of 2 PFlops (2 million billion floating point operations per second), implementing the new Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (Intel AVX2) instruction set, thanks to the Intel Xeon processor E5 v3 product family. OCCIGEN reached a "Linpack" performance of more than 1.628 Pflops, thus demonstrating an efficiency rate of 97% of the AVX2 performance per compute node, and of more than 78% of the global system peak performance.

"The OCCIGEN supercomputer powered by the new Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 product family is a powerful solution for the HPC community", stated Charles Wuischpard, vice president Data Center Group and general manager of Workstations and HPC, Intel. "The Intel Xeon E5-2690 v3 processor chosen by GENCI for OCCIGEN, offers TOP500 class performance and energy efficiency for the French academic community. This programme is part of a long term collaboration between GENCI, Bull and Intel, and a first step to highly parallel workload."

"OCCIGEN is therefore positioned as one of the most energy-efficient x86 supercomputers (global consumption of 975kW, i.e. 1,670 Mflops/W per node) and is an outstanding addition to the HPCG list of bullx supercomputers with a performance of 45474.6 GFlops. It is now one of the most efficient HPC systems both in terms of performance and energy-efficiency, and a key asset for French digital simulation and research", declared Pascal Barbolosi, VP Extreme Computing at Bull, an Atos company.

OCCIGEN is aimed to address the needs of French scientists by performing massive 3D multi-scale, multi-physics complex simulations and managing huge amount of data generated by large-scale instruments or numerical simulations.

And, as a first and great result, OCCIGEN has already demonstrated its performances on real scientific key applications with impressive improvements of more than 20% for SPECFEM3D (geophysics) and up to 274% for YALES2 (combustion), in comparison with GENCI current petascale systems.

OCCIGEN will be in full production for all French scientists in January 2015 but is already open in pre-production mode for performing "Grands Challenges" including world premiere in climate modelling, massive LES simulation of wind turbines or brain modelling.

"Our priority is to give to French scientists the means to be in a good position in the international scientific community, by making the best resources available for them, while minimizing the environmental impact. With OCCIGEN, the latest of our supercomputers to be installed, GENCI has completely revamped French computing resources, but is also firmly committed to an eco-responsible approach. The expected OCCIGEN performance will pave the way to great scientific achievements in all fields", Catherine Riviere, CEO of GENCI, stated.
Source: Bull

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Primeur weekly 2014-11-20

Focus

OpenMP to launch code challenge, taking parallel open source code to the next level ...

Exascale supercomputing

Bull, an Atos company, takes the lead in the extreme computing race ...

En route to processing power that rivals the human brain ...

SGI extends high performance computing innovation on path to exascale ...

EuroFlash

Numascale, Supermicro, and AMD announce the world's largest shared memory system to date ...

The University of Tromsø expands use of Asetek's liquid cooling ...

OCCIGEN: Pushing the frontiers of science and technology ...

Eurotech introduces HiVe, the ultimate accelerated computing solution ...

King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi acquires a NumaQ system for high performance in-memory analytics computations ...

National High Performance Computing Centre, Shenzhen University acquires Numascale shared memory system ...

Altair partners with South Africa's Centre for High Performance Computing ...

Czech Republic National Supercomputer Center selects powerful SGI supercomputer to drive advanced scientific research ...

USFlash

Altera and IBM unveil FPGA-accelerated POWER systems with coherent shared memory ...

Data Vortex to introduce their first scalable fine-grained gather-scatter parallel computer at Supercomputing 2014 ...

Kitware works with NVIDIA to drive massive acceleration in HPC visualization ...

Lenovo showcases high-performance computing innovations at Supercomputing 2014 ...

New Orleans becomes home to fastest Internet hub in the world ...

PGI high performance computing compilers coming to IBM POWER systems ...

Mellanox InfiniBand leads TOP500 as most used interconnect technology for high-performance computing for the 2nd consecutive time ...

Mellanox introduces programmable network adapter product line with application acceleration engine ...

Mellanox delivers the world's fastest EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand switch with latency less than 90 nanosecond ...

Minnesota Supercomputing Institute selects Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand for large-scale supercomputer ...

Rogue Wave reveals new releases and a presentation theater at SC14 ...

ANSYS and NCSA achieve supercomputing milestone ...

Seagate announces reseller agreement with SGI ...