High computational powerAurora uses the latest and fastest technology available. A high end solution, capable to deliver unparalleled computational power, maintaining all of the flexibility and compatibility of a CPU based x86 solution.
High packaging densityAurora systems are the best in class in terms of computing density per unit rack. Aurora mounting Sandy Bridge can have up to to 4096 cores/512 CPUs/256 blades hosted in a single 48U rack. In other words, this means over 66 Tflops per m2, or 2 Petaflops in a studio flat! A reduced floor occupation and easier installation.
Hot liquid coolingAurora removes component generated heat using hot liquid cooling (water up to 50 °C), with no need for air conditioning, in any climate zone. This allows reaching a data center PUE as low as 1.05.
Thermal Energy ReuseEach Aurora computational node can produce a temperature gap between 3 °C and 5 °C in the cooling liquid. Setting up more the racks in a multistage heating configuration, it is possible to warm up the coolant enough to be utilized for producing air conditioning, generating electricity or simply heating a building.
Cooling directly on the components
Direct on component liquid cooling, a feature that limits on board hot spots.
Reliability and availabilityQuality, on component liquid cooling, redundancy of all critical components, vibration less functioning, solid state storage, temperature control, monitoring networks (IPMI), ease of maintenance and last but not least Eurotech HPC experience contribute to high reliability and longer system availability.
No moving parts
Aurora doesn’t shake, rattle or make noise. It does not have moving fans or require a dedicated room for installation.
Unified network architectureAn Infiniband switched network coexists with an optional FPGA driven 3D Torus nearest neighbor network.
Synchronization networksThree independent synchronization networks (system, subdomain and local) preserve efficiency at Petascale by guaranteeing that the communication and the scheduling of all nodes are automatically handled.
Excellent design and ease of maintainabilityWhile the Aurora supercomputers show an appealing design, they have been thought to guarantee ease of access and operation to easy maintenance.