Mississippi State University has awarded Cray with a contract for the deployment of a liquid-cooled version of the Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer, the Cray CS300-LC. Housed at the University’s High Performance Computing Collaboratory (HPC²), the system – nicknamed ‘Shadow’ – will serve as the primary high-performance computing system for shared research.
The Cray CS300-LC system features a liquid-cooled design that uses warm water heat exchangers instead of chillers to directly cool the compute processors and memory, allowing for a more efficient removal of system heat. Designed for three times the energy savings per-rack over air-cooled systems, it uses less energy and features a lower total-cost-of-ownership. Mississippi State University’s 322-teraflop Cray CS300-LC will include new Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors (formerly code named ‘Ivy Bridge’) and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. The system is expected to be delivered towards the end of 2013.