RSC showcases new Tornado cluster at ISC

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RSC Group, a developer of solutions for high-performance computing (HPC) and data centres in Russia and CIS has demonstrated a new generation of its high performance, scalable and energy-efficient RSC Tornado platform for HPC. The new version of Tornado features direct liquid cooling based on the newest multi-core Intel Xeon Phi processor.

The new solution also has an improved footprint and computing density, high energy efficiency and provides stable operation of computing nodes in ‘hot water’ mode, which can use water at up to +63 °Ð¡.

At ISC, RSC has showcased the RSC Tornado computing node based on Intel Xeon Phi 7250 multi-core processor on a new Intel S7200AP server board with two Intel SSD DC S3500 Series M.2 340 GB drives and one Intel SSD DC NVMe M.2 PCIe solid state drive. The system also features switches and adapters based on Intel Omni-Path and Mellanox EDR InfiniBand high-speed interconnects.

In addition the RSC Tornado cluster solution can be implemented with Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 server processors (including high-end model Intel Xeon E5-2699 v4) providing high computing density – 237 Teraflops in a standard 42U (80x80x200 cm) cabinet.

The new solution features innovative management and monitoring system for high-performance computing that provides high availability, resistance to failures and ease of use. It can be used to manage single nodes and the entire solution, including infrastructure components.

All elements of the system (computing nodes, power supplies, hydraulic regulation modules, etc.) have an integrated management module providing broad capabilities for detailed telemetry and flexible management. Cabinet design supports replacement of computing nodes, power supplies and hydraulic regulation modules (with redundancy) in hot-swap mode without interruption of system operation. Most components of the system (such as computing nodes, power supplies, network and infrastructure components, etc.) are software-defined, and this significantly simplifies and speeds up initial deployment, maintenance and future upgrades of the system. Liquid cooling of all components ensures their longevity.

‘With extensive experience in development of highly efficient direct liquid cooling and ultra-dense integration of HPC solutions based on standard server components, RSC specialists have developed a new generation of RSC Tornado cluster based on the latest multi-core Intel Xeon Phi processor. RSC Tornado also has numerous improved characteristics highly demanded by customers operating powerful data centres. All RSC solutions are developed in Russia and we actively use the potential and production capacities of Russian manufacturing facilities,’ said Alexey Shmelev, CEO of RSC Group.