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Hot water cooled HPC system installed at Jülich Supercomputing Centre

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The installation of the Eurotech Aurora hot water cooled HPC system has been completed almost one month ahead of schedule, Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) has announced. During the past few weeks, all 128 nodes have been integrated into the cluster rack and connected to the power and the liquid cooling system. JSC has commented that the nodes have been tested and are working well – even with the non-optimised Linpack, all nodes achieved about 90 per cent peak performance – and that the cooling system has been able to dissipate all the waste heat during the stress tests on the nodes without any problem.

The Aurora supercomputer will be used in the DEEP (Dynamic Exascale Entry Platform) project. Led by Forschungszentrum Jülich, the DEEP consortium proposes to develop a novel, exascale­enabling supercomputing architecture with a matching software stack and a set of optimised grand­-challenge simulation applications. Enabling what is stated to be unprecedented scalability, an accelerator Cluster, named Booster, will complement a conventional HPC system and increase its compute performance, instead of accelerator cards being added to Cluster nodes.

In the DEEP project, Eurotech is responsible for assembling and designing the system’s cabinets, racks and blades. JSC estimates that the first users will be able to log on to the DEEP Cluster by the beginning of October 2012.