MIPT’S I-SCALARE Laboratory supercomputer building
- Performance:2.5 TFLOPS (Peak) / 2.07 TFLOPS (LINPACK)
- Nodes / Сores (CPU + CoCPU) / Threads (CPU + CoCPU):16 / 192 / 384
- CPU:32 x Intel® Xeon® X5680 (6 cores, 3.33 GHz)
- Coprocessor:Not presented
- Motherboard:Supermicro X8DTT
- Total RAM of the nodes:0.5 TB (DDR3-1600, low voltage green memory)
- Total disk storage of the nodes:1 TB, Solid State Drives Intel® SSD
- Interconnect:InfiniBand QDR, 40 Gb/s
- Service network:2x 1GigE independent sensor and control networks
- Occupied Area:0.64 м.кв. (6.89 sq. ft.)
Within the scope of contract with MIPT the RSC Group has developed and deployed a pilot system that became the basis for an innovative computing cluster used for research in the I-SCALARE (Intel supercomputer applications laboratory for advanced research) laboratory created in the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology under grant of the Government of the Russian Federation. The laboratory is doing research in biomedicine, pharmacology and small scale structures.
New MIPT supercomputer is based on the innovative RSC Tornado architecture. It is the first energy efficient supercomputer solution with innovative liquid cooling for mass standard server boards based on Intel® Xeon® processors that have initially been developed for traditional systems with air cooling of electronic components. The RSC Tornado architecture ensures configuration flexibility of computing nodes with standard interfaces and solution ease, high repairability (ease of replacing operating memory modules and increasing memory size, upgrade to new processor models), ability to integrate with any external assemblies with standard interfaces (PCI Express).
The pilot cluster system in MIPT had the performance of 2.5 teraflops (trillions operations per second) and consisted of 16 computing nodes. Each of these nodes had two high performance 3.33 GHz Intel® Xeon® 5680 processors. It had 36 GB RAM per node, 3 TB data storage system and a communication network based on high-speed Infiniband QDR interface. In the pilot system the computing cluster had the following unique features:
- Simplicity and high reliability;
- Cost efficiency;
- High energy efficiency – record power utilization efficiency (PUE) is under 1.2, i.e. less than 20% of consumed power will be used for cooling;
- Compact size and high density;
- Higher computing efficiency – over 90% at LINPACK test;
- High scalability;
- It is possible to use accelerators (Intel MIC architecture).
"We are glad that world's leading innovative technologies developed in Russia by RSC specialists will be used to develop new areas of knowledge and achievements in Russian science", – said Alexander Moskovsky, general director of RSC Technologies. – Therefore, the potential of MIPT project development to create an energy efficient computing cluster in I-SCALARE supercomputer technology lab researching biomedicine, pharmacology and small scale structures is very important for us."
Bioinformatics and medication modeling are the most rapidly growing areas that have acute need of using high-performance computing. This project is relevant because breakthroughs related to new methods of medical diagnostics, treatment, development of new medicines, etc. are possible only with new computing models and platforms that consider the specifics of biomedicine and pharmaceutical tasks.
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology was founded in 1951 on the basis of MSU department of physics and technology (1946-1951). The institute prepares highly qualified specialists in various areas of modern science and technology.