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Technical DataSheet RSC Tornado SUSU

Technical Info RSC Tornado SUSU

  • Performance: 
    236.8 TFLOPS (Peak) / 146.8 TFLOPS (LINPACK)
  • Nodes / Сores (CPU + CoCPU) / Threads (CPU + CoCPU): 
    192 / 2304 + 11520 / 4608 + 46080
  • CPU: 
    384x Intel® Xeon® 5680X (6 cores, 3.33 GHz)
  • Coprocessor: 
    192x Intel® Xeon Phi™ SE10X (60 cores, 1.1 GHz, 8 GB)
  • Motherboard: 
    Supermicro X8DTT
  • Total RAM of the nodes: 
    4.6 TB (DDR3-1333, low voltage green memory)
  • Total disk storage of the nodes: 
    15.3 TB, Solid State Drives Intel® SSD
  • Interconnect: 
    InfiniBand QDR, 40 Гбит/c
  • Service network: 
    2x 1GigE independent sensor and control networks
  • Occupied Area: 
    50.00 м.кв. (538.20 sq. ft.)

South Ural State University, one of the best Russia’s universities, effectively uses powerful performance resources of its supercomputer center based on RSC Tornado SUSU system. This supercomputer is based on innovative energy efficient RSC Tornado architecture with direct liquid cooling allowing usage of standard server boards, powerful Intel® Xeon® processors and latest Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors. It takes 170th place at Top500 rating (November, 2012) and 40th position at Green500 list (November, 2012) while holding 4th rank at Top50 of Russia/CIS the most powerful supercomputers.

Alexander Shestakov, Rector, South Ural State University

«During 8 years of operation SUSU supercomputer center completed over 250 important sci-tech tasks for our region’s industry and science. For all these years we successfully cooperate with Intel in developing highly productive technologies. Several generations of SUSU supercomputers were created based on Intel architectures. Now our RSC Tornado SUSU supercomputer is Europe’s first university computing system equipped with the latest Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors. Usage of the this energy efficient supercomputer with the total peak performance of 236.8 TFLOPS based on Intel® Xeon® processors and with latest Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors allow us to perform new larger-scale scientific research and to solve a wide range of practical social and economic tasks to modernize the economy of both the Ural region and the whole country. In addition the record-level energy efficiency of RSC Tornado based solution resulted in 50% cost reduction for power consumption during last 3.5 years.» Alexander Shestakov, Rector, South Ural State University








• The need for better performance. SUSU supercomputer center solves more than 250 of research tasks and complex projects in scientific and engineering modeling, which requires more and more performance. So the University was urgently needed a new computing power for high-performance supercomputing system having an essential performance reserve to solve not only current actual tasks but for the nearest future too. 
• High requirements for space saving, energy efficiency and low TCO. As the number of students and teaching stuff is high, lecture halls and other rooms in the University are tightly occupied.  Severely continental climate in the Chelyabinsk Region increases energy costs, which is complicated by the diversity of disciplines and a large number of laboratory equipment having high energy consumption.
As a result, the most important requirements to SUSU supercomputer is minimization of space and energy consumption, while providing high computing power and energy efficiency, as well as low total cost of ownership (TCO). 

• Achieving better performance. The performance of any supercomputer is ensured primarily by its processors and network interconnect. From the outset, the University made its choice in favor a computing system based on highperformance Intel® Xeon® processors, and then RSC Tornado SUSU supercomputer with latest Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors were deployed on the basis of existing infrastructure. The performance of communication interconnect is insured by standard InfinibandQDR technology.
• Compact size and ultra-high computing density. RSC Tornado SUSU supercomputer system based on innovative RSC Tornado architecture and developed by RSC Group. The industry-highest computing density based on standard server boards and x86 processors with direct liquid cooling on the motherboard level allowed to place the complete solution (computing unit, power and cooling systems, communication hardware and storage) on the space of 50 sq. m.(For comparison, a cluster with the same performance and a traditional air cooling system would require at least three times as more space). The high computing density requires advanced liquid cooling methods for standard server boards, which were developed by RSC Group and deployed in SUSU supercomputer center for the first time in the world. 
• High energy efficiency and record PUE. The use of modern Intel® Xeon® processors and latest Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors together with the advanced liquid cooling system ensures
energy cost savings of up to 60%. The industry's record Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) level less of 1.1 and high energy efficiency at the level of 995 MFLOPs/W were achieved. At peak performance of 236.8 TFLOPS, the new supercomputer consumes just 147 kW of power (all SUSU’s Data Center – near 500 kW). 
• Increased reliability. Liquid cooling ensures precision heat removal, which extends service life of electronic components and increases fault tolerance of the whole solution. The absence of moving parts, such as fans and traditional hard disk drives. (Intel solid state drives (SSD) are used instead) makes the supercomputer virtually noiseless and prevents vibration, which significantly increases the system reliability.

RSC Group has developed and introduced one of the best-performing supercomputers in CIS. RSC Tornado SUSU supercomputer system consists of 192 blades with 384 Intel® Xeon®  processors and 192 Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors. At that time, the maximum supercomputer peak performance is 236.8 TFLOPS with 146.8 TFLOPS performance on LINPACK test. According to the worldwide Green500 list RSC Tornado SUSU is one of the most energy efficient supercomputers in Russia and CIS region while it based on industry standard x86- architecture with no any GPU accelerators. Such high performance is ensured by the advanced direct liquid cooling system, which also significantly increases fault tolerance and energy efficiency.


South Ural State
Uni versity (SUSU) South Ural State University (SUSU) is one of the Russia’s best universities and the largest educational institution in the Russian Federation in terms of the number of undergraduates. SUSU prepares highly-qualified personnel and carries out research in a wide range of fundamental and applied areas. In April 2010 it was given a status of the National Research University (NRU). SUSU is a leader in implementation of supercomputer technologies in the Ural region and in the whole Western part of Russia. RSC Tornado SUSU  supercomputer based on innovative RSC Tornado architecture is one of the best energy efficient systems from Russia in the worldwide Green500 rating at the level of 995 MFLOPs/W. 
The SUSU supercomputer center is defacto a key center for the whole region having strategic importance for development of scientific and educational modernization of the Ural Federal District and Russia as a whole.

Project information

South Ural State University

Established in 1943, South Ural State University traditionally ranks among TOP10 Russian universities. SUSU is the largest academic institution by the number of undergraduates in the Russian Federation, as around 56 thousand students study there. 

Project Dates:
September 2012 - December 2012
Project Location:
Chelyabinsk, Russia

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