Polish supercomputing facility gains new HPC solution

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The Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) headquartered in Poznan, Poland and affiliated with the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry at the Polish Academy of Sciences, has purchased an SGI high-performance computing (HPC) solution. In total, the system will deliver 224 peak teraflops of performance and enable advanced academic and scientific research throughout Poland.

The chosen system consists of an SGI Rackable C1103-G15 cluster utilising AMD Opteron 6200 series processors, and includes 120 servers, each with one NVIDIA M2050 GPU per node, and another 107 servers with two M2050 GPUs per server. The full configuration will feature 12.6TB of memory, 5448 CPU cores and 149,632 GPU CUDA cores.

‘We decided to go for the combination of the most modern CPU technology together with proven GPU technology,’ said Norbert Meyer, director of the Supercomputing facility at Poznan. ‘Such a combination allows us to ensure optimal parameters for our users. This system, which was financed from structural funds coming from national projects and will be also used in the PRACE (EU project), allowed us to reach 63 teraflops, enough for a place on the TOP500 list today, with less than half of nodes installed for the test. The full configuration will feature more than twice as many more nodes than the measured system, which ensures enough performance for our users as well as a good position on June 2012 TOP500 list.’