RSC provides supercomputer for St Petersburg university

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RSC a developer and integrator of HPC solutions and data centre's in Russia and CIS region has announced the project to create a powerful supercomputing centre in Russia for St Petersburg State Polytechnical University (SPbSPU) - with peak performance over 1.1 Petaflops.

It is the first project in CIS based on the newest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 server processor. Supply and testing of equipment for the project will be completed by the end of 2014 and official launch of the new SPbSPU supercomputer centre is planned for 2015.

The purpose of supercomputer centre is to improve competitiveness of SPbSPU as one of leading Russian educational and scientific institutions using supercomputer technologies to solve relevant scientific tasks, develop hi-tech industrial products and train engineering staff with high competence in mutli-discipline R&D.

Scientists of SPbSPU and other R&D organizations of St Petersburg will be able to use the supercomputing centre’s capabilities to solve relevant scientific tasks in the fields of mechanics, hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, solid physics, plasma physics, material science, electronics, computing and quantum chemistry, biophysics and biotechnologies.

Developers and engineers of the university and industrial enterprises will be able to use its CAD/CAM systems to design new machinery and vehicles for power industry, aircraft industry, biotechnologies, electronics. For students and teachers the centre will become the technology base for deep training of specialists in the fields of computer science and computer engineering.

“SPbSPU will have the most innovative and one of the largest supercomputer centers in Russia based on a heterogeneous system  with RSC direct liquid cooling containing a supercomputer system based on revolutionary high-density massively parallel solution RSC PetaStream and a powerful cluster system based on RSC Tornado architecture. Our solutions have set the world records of computing and power density per volume. We are sure that unique and extensive experience of RSC specialists in development of highly efficient direct liquid cooling technologies and ultra-dense integration of supercomputer solutions based on industry standard server components will enable implementation of this project at the highest level involving usage of the latest supercomputer technologies including the newest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor that was recently launched by Intel", – said Alexey Shmelev, COO of the RSC Group.

The system is based on the RSC Tornado architecture with direct liquid cooling. Its peak performance will be about 830 Teraflops, and some of its resource will also provide cloud, VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) and graphical services. The HPC complex will be based on the newest high-performance Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 server processors, Intel S2600KP and Intel S2600WT server boards for this generation of processors and latest Intel SSD DC S3500 drives for corporate data centers, including performance leading Intel SSD DC P3700 drives based on NVM Express architecture.

"The latest server processors of Intel Xeon E5 v3 family have set 27 new world records of performance. They provide up to 3 times higher working speed and up to 50% more cores and cache as compared to similar systems of the previous generation. It is the first server platform that supports DDR4 memory. By combining record performance and energy efficiency, Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors set a new performance per watt record. These and other innovations speed up data center deployment, automate its adaptation to increasing workloads, improve efficiency and quality of work in HPC and cloud environments”, - said Dmitry Konash, Intel's Regional Director in Russia and CIS.

The second part of the system contains a unique high-density massively parallel RSC PetaStream system with direct liquid cooling with total performance of 270 Teraflops. A unique feature of RSC PetaStream is the massively parallel concept that enables execution of up to 250,000 parallel execution threads on 1024 computing nodes based on x86 architecture in a single cabinet taking 1 square meter, which is the world record of computing and power density and compactness. The system will be based on Intel server products, including 60-core Intel Xeon Phi 5120D processors and Intel Xeon E5-2600 family processors as well as Intel server boards and Intel SSD DC S3700 solid-state drives for corporate data centers. RSC PetaStream implements an innovative power subsystem based on the leading industry standard of 400V DC power developed in cooperation with Emerson Electric. This subsystem enables power distribution efficiency over 90% improving overall energy efficiency of the system, reduction of operating costs and overall reliability of the complex.

RSC PetaStream enables development of new applications to make breakthroughs in bioengineering, astrophysics, chemistry, electronics and control systems.

The complex also includes parallel data storage systems based on Lustre parallel file system that will support use of up to 1 Petabyte of data and 0.5 PB block-based storage for cloud environments. RRS-Baltika is the system integrator responsible for developing and deploying the engineering systems."Participating in such project is great honor and responsibility for our company. SPbSPU supercomputer center will enable university to solve the most serious and complex tasks in the shortest time frame without involving external resources and will open new horizons for the scientific potential of our city," - said Igor Poltoratsky, CEO of RRS-Baltika. 

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