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Primeur weekly 2018-11-05

Exascale supercomputing

Cray introduces first exascale-class supercomputer ...

DOE to build next-generation supercomputer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ...

Crowd computing

FaceMe to use Tatau's distributed supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

Full steam ahead to the quantum web: Mainz University is involved in the European Flagship on Quantum Technologies programme ...

A quantum computer for Europe: Joining forces for new FET flagship project OpenSuperQ ...

Tianhe-2 supercomputer works out the criterion for quantum supremacy ...

A billion euro for quantum research - the Danish contribution ...

One step closer to complex quantum teleportation ...

Tests show integrated quantum chip operations possible ...

Researchers create scalable platform for on-chip quantum emitters ...

Berkeley computer theorists show path to verifying that quantum beats classical ...

Multi-functional quantum bits for future computers ...

Focus on Europe

PRACE to issue The Scientific Case for Computing in Europe 2018-2026 ...

PRACE Digest 2018 now available online ...

Open Edge and HPC Initiative to be launched at SC18 ...

Human brain supercomputer with 1 million processors switched on for first time ...

Middleware

AccelStor unveils the advanced flash data reduction technology for the era of data intensive workloads ...

Bright unveils plans to exhibit at SC18 in Dallas ...

Hardware

Cray reports third quarter 2018 financial results ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center installing new Pitzer Cluster built by Dell EMC ...

SDSC Chief Data Science Officer Ilkay Altintas named an HDSI Fellow ...

Applications

Esther Bron is the winner of the Young eScientist Award 2018 ...

University of Tokyo team becomes Gordon Bell Prize finalist after performing the most complex earthquake simulation to date ...

HPC & Artificial Intelligence: Addressing humanity's grand challenges at SC18 ...

Machine learning to help optimize traffic and reduce pollution ...

The Cloud

Red Hat refines hybrid Cloud innovation with latest version of the world's leading enterprise Linux platform ...

Cloud computing load balancing based on ant colony algorithms improves performance ...

VoiceBase extends deep learning neural network compute to Verne Global ...

HPE delivers first above-the-cloud supercomputing services for astronauts to advance space exploration ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center installing new Pitzer Cluster built by Dell EMC

OSC's new Dell EMC-built Pitzer Cluster will serve a wide range of clients, with features that will enhance research involving machine learning and Big Data.1 Nov 2018 Columbus - Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) engineers and Dell EMC specialists are testing and preparing to deploy the centre's newest, most efficient supercomputer system, the liquid-cooled, Dell EMC-built Pitzer Cluster.

"Ohio continues to make significant investments in the Ohio Supercomputer Center to benefit higher education institutions and industry throughout the state by making additional high performance computing (HPC) services available", stated John Carey, chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education. "This newest supercomputer system gives researchers yet another powerful tool to accelerate innovation."

Named for Russell M. Pitzer, a co-founder of the centre and emeritus professor of chemistry at the Ohio State University, the Pitzer Cluster is expected to be at full production status and available to clients in November. The new system will power a wide range of research from understanding the human genome to mapping the global spread of viruses.

"The Pitzer Cluster follows the long-running HPC trend of higher performance in a smaller footprint, offering clients nearly as much performance as the centre's most powerful cluster, but in less than half the space and with less power", stated David Hudak, executive director of OSC. "This valuable new addition to our data centre allows OSC to continue addressing the growing computational, storage and analysis needs of our client communities in academia, science and industry."

The theoretical peak performance of the new Dell EMC-built cluster is about 1.3 petaflops, meaning it is capable of performing 1.3 quadrillion calculations per second. In other words, to match the potential of what the Pitzer Cluster could do in just one second, a single person would have to perform one calculation every second for 41,195,394.5 years. The cluster also can achieve seven petaflops of theoretical peak performance for mixed-precision artificial intelligence workloads.

The Pitzer Cluster will feature 260 nodes, including Dell EMC PowerEdge C6420 servers with CoolIT Systems' Direct Contact Liquid Cooling (DCLC) coupled with PowerEdge R740 servers. In total, the cluster will include 528 Intel Xeon Gold 6148 processors, 64 NVIDIA Tesla V100 Tensor Core GPUs, all connected with EDR InfiniBand network.

"We worked with Dell EMC to create a highly efficient, dense and flexible petaflop-class system", stated Douglas Johnson, chief systems architect at OSC. "We have designed the Pitzer Cluster with some unique components to complement our existing systems and boost our total center performance to more than 2.8 petaflops."

The Pitzer Cluster will join existing systems on the OSC data centre floor at the State of Ohio Computer Center: The Dell EMC/Intel Owens Cluster (March 2017) and the HP/Intel Ruby Cluster (April 2015). The new system will replace the HP/Intel Oakley Cluster (March 2012).

"Dell EMC is thrilled to continue our great collaboration with OSC with this new dense, efficient and liquid cooled system", stated Thierry Pellegrino, vice president, Dell EMC High Performance Computing. "The Pitzer Cluster brings to bear a multitude of new technologies to help OSC and its researchers more quickly and efficiently tackle immense challenges, using artificial intelligence and deep learning to ultimately drive human progress."

The Pitzer Cluster will utilize CoolIT Systems' DCLC, a modular, low-pressure, rack-based cooling solution that enables a dramatic increase in rack density, component performance and power efficiency. To support the high performance requirements of the system, CoolIT's Passive Coldplate Loop for the PowerEdge C6420 servers delivers dedicated liquid cooling to the Intel processors in each of the 256 CPU nodes, managed by a stand-alone, central pumping CHx650 Coolant Distribution Unit.

To speed up data flow within the Pitzer Cluster, Dell EMC recommended components that improve memory bandwidth on each CPU node and increase network capacity between them. The Intel processors feature 6-channel integrated memory controllers, improving bandwidth by 50 percent compared to cores in the Owens Cluster. Mellanox EDR InfiniBand 100 Gigabit per second provided provides high data throughput, low latency and high message rate of 200 million messages per second. Additionally, the smart In-Network Computing acceleration engine provides higher application performance and overall improved efficiency.

The Pitzer Cluster will provide clients with access to four Large Memory nodes (Dell EMC PowerEdge R940), with up to three terabytes of memory per node, especially helpful for data-intensive operations, such as DNA sequencing. And, the cluster's GPU nodes (Dell EMC PowerEdge R740) feature NVIDIA Tesla V100 Tensor Core GPUs, which are 50 percent more energy efficient than previous generation GPUs. These GPUs offer large increases in speed, especially useful for deep learning algorithms and artificial intelligence projects.
Source: Ohio Supercomputer Center - OSC

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2018-11-05

Exascale supercomputing

Cray introduces first exascale-class supercomputer ...

DOE to build next-generation supercomputer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ...

Crowd computing

FaceMe to use Tatau's distributed supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

Full steam ahead to the quantum web: Mainz University is involved in the European Flagship on Quantum Technologies programme ...

A quantum computer for Europe: Joining forces for new FET flagship project OpenSuperQ ...

Tianhe-2 supercomputer works out the criterion for quantum supremacy ...

A billion euro for quantum research - the Danish contribution ...

One step closer to complex quantum teleportation ...

Tests show integrated quantum chip operations possible ...

Researchers create scalable platform for on-chip quantum emitters ...

Berkeley computer theorists show path to verifying that quantum beats classical ...

Multi-functional quantum bits for future computers ...

Focus on Europe

PRACE to issue The Scientific Case for Computing in Europe 2018-2026 ...

PRACE Digest 2018 now available online ...

Open Edge and HPC Initiative to be launched at SC18 ...

Human brain supercomputer with 1 million processors switched on for first time ...

Middleware

AccelStor unveils the advanced flash data reduction technology for the era of data intensive workloads ...

Bright unveils plans to exhibit at SC18 in Dallas ...

Hardware

Cray reports third quarter 2018 financial results ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center installing new Pitzer Cluster built by Dell EMC ...

SDSC Chief Data Science Officer Ilkay Altintas named an HDSI Fellow ...

Applications

Esther Bron is the winner of the Young eScientist Award 2018 ...

University of Tokyo team becomes Gordon Bell Prize finalist after performing the most complex earthquake simulation to date ...

HPC & Artificial Intelligence: Addressing humanity's grand challenges at SC18 ...

Machine learning to help optimize traffic and reduce pollution ...

The Cloud

Red Hat refines hybrid Cloud innovation with latest version of the world's leading enterprise Linux platform ...

Cloud computing load balancing based on ant colony algorithms improves performance ...

VoiceBase extends deep learning neural network compute to Verne Global ...

HPE delivers first above-the-cloud supercomputing services for astronauts to advance space exploration ...