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September 13, 2012
Sept. 7 -- Jülich Supercomputing Centre is happy to announce that the Eurotech Aurora hot water cooled HPC system installation has been completed. All 128 nodes have been integrated into the cluster rack and connected to the power and the liquid cooling system during the last weeks.
The Aurora supercomputer will be used in the DEEP (Dynamic Exascale Entry Platform) project. The DEEP consortium, led by Forschungszentrum Jülich, proposes to develop a novel, Exascaleenabling supercomputing architecture with a matching software stack and a set of optimized grandchallenge simulation applications. DEEP takes the concept of compute acceleration to a new level: instead of adding accelerator cards to Cluster nodes, an accelerator Cluster - called Booster - will complement a conventional HPC system and increase its compute performance.
This will enable unprecedented scalability. The Clusterlevel heterogeneity of DEEP will attenuate the consequences of Amdahl’s law allowing users to run applications with kernels of high scalability alongside kernels of low scalability concurrently on different sides of the system, avoiding at the same time over- and under-subscription. An extrapolation to millions of cores would take the DEEP concept towards an Exascale level.
In the DEEP project, Eurotech is responsible to assemble and design the cabinets, racks and blades of the system.
Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) states that the Eurotech nodes have been tested and are working well: even with the non-optimized Linpack all nodes achieved about 90% peak performance. The installation was completed almost one month ahead of schedule. JSC also adds that the cooling system runs fine and has been able to dissipate all the waste heat during the stress tests on the nodes without any problem.
It is likely that the first users will be able to log on to the DEEP Cluster by beginning of October.
“We are pleased to have achieved this fundamental milestone ahead of schedule” - says Paul Arts, head of delivery in Eurotech - “now we look optimistically at the future of the DEEP project”.
Eurotech (ETH.MI) is a global company based in Italy and with subsidiaries in Europe, North America and Asia. The Eurotech Group develops and markets miniaturized computers for special uses (NanoPCs) and computers featuring high computing capacity (HPCs – High Performance Computers). With these two product categories Eurotech aims to become a leader in the implementation of the pervasive computing scenario which, by exploiting the Cloud IT infrastructure, is capable of enabling an entire range of value-added activities and services in the transport, logistics, security, industrial and medical sectors. Learn more about Eurotech supercomputers at www.eurotech.com/aurora
About Forschungszentrum Jülich
Forschungszentrum Jülich pursues cutting-edge interdisciplinary research to address pressing issues of the present, most of all the future energy supply. With its competence in materials science and simulation and its expertise in physics, nanotechnology and information technology and also in the biosciences and brain research, Jülich is developing a basis for the key technologies of tomorrow. Forschungszentrum Jülich helps to solve the grand challenges facing society in the fields of energy and the environment, health and information technology. With a staff of almost 5,000, Jülich – a member of the Helmholtz Association – is one of the large interdisciplinary research centres in Europe.
Jülich Supercomputing Centre: http://www.fz-juelich.de/ias/jsc
DEEP project: http://www.deep-project.eu
Source: Jülich Supercomputing Centre
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