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May 07, 2011
GPU-accelerated system to support advanced research in Germany
JÜLICH, Germany, May 5 -- The Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) today announced that its new JUDGE (Jülich Dedicated GPU Environment) cluster went live. JUDGE will be used for compute intensive data analyses in the areas of biology, medicine and environmental research.
JUDGE is planned to be used for ensemble simulations in climate and atmospheric research as well as data analyses and simulations on big data sequences in the area of biology and brain research. JUDGE will allow these applications and others to be optimized for the highest performance.
The JUDGE system in Jülich is a hybrid system using graphical processors or GPGPUs and conventional processors. GPGPUs can help to raise the performance of computers without significantly raising energy consumption. This is important as improvements in energy efficiency will allow for significant supercomputer advancements in future.
The JUDGE cluster is based on 54 IBM System x iDataPlex server nodes with 12 cores each and 96 GB memory and 108 NVIDIA M2050 graphical processors. IBM iDataPlex is a scalable system that can significantly reduce energy consumption, cooling and space requirements.
IBM and JSC have worked closely together to create some of the world’s most energy efficient and powerful supercomputers. The companies collaborated on the QPACE supercomputer that has consistently been ranked in the top ten of the Green500 list of the world’s most energy efficient supercomputers and the Blue Gene/P-based JUGENE, one the most powerful computer in Europe with a peak performance of more than 1 petaflop/s.
"Forschungszentrum Jülich and IBM complement each other ideally with a focus in developing compact systems with industry leading performance and energy efficiency,” said Martin Hiegl, team leader Deep Computing Sales IBM Germany. "Together with JSC’s other powerful supercomputers, the new JUDGE cluster supports Germany's ability to tackle a wide range of scientific and technical challenges."
"The JUDGE cluster is a good example of how we need to continue to develop computers in the future, following the target of exascale computing. This is valid not only in regard to performance, but also to energy consumption and energy efficiency," said Stefan Kraemer, Sales Leader HPC at NVIDIA. "Pilot projects like JUDGE play a key role in this process and are a key step on the way to hybrid systems."
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