SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR

Aurora

28 November 2013

Eurotech

Eurotech has announced the launch of two mini HPC systems, collectively titled ‘Aurora’. The Aurora G-station is powered by Nvidia Tesla GPU accelerators, and the Aurora Cube is a CPU-only version.

The G-Station uses up to 8 water-cooled boards, each with double Intel Xeon E5 v2 8-12 cores CPU, double Nvidia Tesla K20, K20X or K40 GPU accelerators and up to 128GB DDR3 RAM. In the Aurora Cube the number of boards can be up to 16 with the same CPU configurations. The nodes are interconnected with infiband QDR and Gb Ethernet (optionally). Both systems have an integrated management node (the Eurotech Antares ICE 1U server product), optional storage and remote visualisation capabilities supported by NICE DCV software.

Both systems are fan-less and fully liquid cooled to prevent excessive noise, both also feature an intelligent backplane which provides nodes that interconnect and distribute the water and low voltage electrical power. The Aurora systems are built using the same architecture as the Aurora Tigron supercomputers which aims to maximise performance, energy efficiency and high density

Eurotech plans to provide the liquid cooled ‘mini clusters’ with a software stack including firmware, OS, drivers, cluster manager, resource manager, monitoring software and remote visualisation support. Eurotech offers a mix of open source and commercial solutions depending on customer requirements, while relying on VARs and SIs to configure and characterise products for customers.  

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