Eurotech announces the availability of their new Sandy Bridge supercomputer


Milan 06-03-2012. Eurotech took part to the Italian Intel Xeon E5 launch at the staggering “km rosso” scientific park in Bergamo, close to Milan, Italy. The event was the perfect opportunity to announce the worldwide availability of the newly born of the Aurora high performance line, the HPC 10-10 supercomputer.

The Aurora HPC 10-10 excels in density, energy efficiency and reliability: at the moment, it is the only supercomputer that can thermally manage the top of the Xeon E5 series, the E5-2687W at 3.1 Ghz (150 W TDP) and can consequently benefit from the power and efficiency of this processor. In macro terms, this means a standard rack of the Aurora HPC 10-10 can propel 100 Tflops of pure CPU computational power at 110 Kw of peak consumption. That is 1 Petflop in 15 m2 or 160 sqft. Such densities are possible because of a hot cooling system (coolant at 50°C +) that has improved compared to the previous AU 5600 supercomputer, becoming even more efficient in extracting heat from the system.

The HPC 10-10 inherits the efficient power conversion of the AU 5600 and allow data center PUEs as low as 1.05. This means great energy savings and together with a very respectable 900 Mflops/W this means also the Aurora high performance computer is one of most efficient and greenest systems in the market.

Eurotech has leveraged their long experience in developing embedded systems, to bring to HPC a high degree of RAS (reliability, availability and serviceability). The 10-10 has no moving parts, no hot spots, no noise. It has 3 independent sensor networks, soldered memory and its nodes are very manageable 50x16 cm (19”x6”) blades, hot pluggable despite being liquid cooled. Also, there is limited cabling inside each rack, where the backplanes are handling most of the I/O communication.

Fast interconnects, an optional FPGA driven 3D Torus, 3 multi level synchronization networks, limited cabling positively impact the scalability of the system that can be easily deployed in petascale installations.

Eurotech delivers the HPC 10-10 with complete with drivers, operating system (CentOS Linux), 3D Torus software, proprietary monitoring software and a comprehensive HPC software stack, which guarantees the compatibility with most of the open source and commercial scientific, industrial and business applications.
The HPC 10-10 is the process of the Intel Cluster Ready certification.

Generally, low space occupancy, energy savings and reliability make a system green and contribute to build a lower total cost of ownership ( TCO case study )

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