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Technical DataSheet MIPT’S I-SCALARE Laboratory Supercomputer

Technical Info MIPT’S I-SCALARE Laboratory Supercomputer

  • Performance: 
    41.57 TFLOPS (Peak) / 34.5 TFLOPS (LINPACK)
  • Nodes / Сores (CPU + CoCPU) / Threads (CPU + CoCPU): 
    112 / 1792 / 3584
  • CPU: 
    224 x Intel® Xeon® E5-2690 (8 cores, 2.9 Ghz)
  • Coprocessor: 
  • Motherboard: 
    Intel® Server Board S2600JF(Q)
  • Total RAM of the nodes: 
    7.1 TB (DDR3-1600, low voltage green memory)
  • Total disk storage of the nodes: 
    10 TB, Solid State Drives Intel® SSD
  • Interconnect: 
    InfiniBand QDR, 40 Gb/s
  • Service network: 
    2x 1GigE independent sensor and control networks
  • Occupied Area: 
    1.28 м.кв. (13.78 sq. ft.)

The laboratory have chosen an RSC cluster system based on RSC Tornado innovative architecture – an energy efficient high performance technology with liquid cooling for standard server boards and x86 processors.
To minimize the costs of system construction, maintenance and management, it was proposed to use a new class of solutions – RSC DCmini.


As the number of students and teaching staff is high the lecture halls and other rooms in the University are occupied almost all the time. The continental climate in the Moscow region drives
energy costs. At the same time, the diversity of disciplines and a large number of laboratory equipment impose heavy demands on energy. Thus, a MIPT supercomputer should meet the following criteria: space and energy consumption minimization, while providing high computing power and energy efficiency, as well as low total cost of ownership (TCO).


MIPT had chosen RSC Group’s computing cluster based on RSC Tornado innovative architecture, energy efficient high-performance technology with liquid cooling of standard server boards and Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 processors. To satisfy client’s requirements for system construction, maintenance and management RSC Group proposed a new class of solutions - RSC DCmini. RSC DCmini is an all-in-one data center solution for the high performance computing segment. This is a complete and verified solution for high performance computing and cloud environments based on RSC Group’s RSC Tornado architecture developed for rapid deployment of a computing center even in case if a specially prepared server room is not available.
The solution includes all the subsystems required by a modern data center, i.e. a powerful server farm, communication networks, data storage systems, as well as power supply, cooling and fire extinguishing system subsystems. RSC DCmini is supplied with optimized HPC software stack to organize a high-performance cluster or a private cloud, as well as contains software and hardware monitoring and management subsystem. All the subsystems are placed in two standard racks with a total footprint of 2 sq. m.
Based on unique high density RSC design and standard server components of Intel x86-64 industry-standard platform (with the ability to connect accelerators), the system on the basis RSC Tornado architecture ensures a new level of performance, effectiveness and scalability.


The RSC Group has developed and deployed a powerful computing system for the I-SCALARE supercomputer technology lab researching biomedicine, pharmacology and small scale structures. This system is a ready to use RSC DCmini solution with 41.57 teraflops performance. This system holds 20th position in Top50 list of the best performing supercomputers in Russia and CIS (March, 2012).
New energy efficient and compact computing cluster of the I-SCALARE lab had 112 computing nodes based on two new generation Intel® Xeon® E5-2690 processors (224 processors, 1792 cores). It became possible to use these high performance models of new Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 processor family because of innovative liquid cooling system that is based on RSC Tornado technology. It has a lot of RAM – 64 GB per a single node that makes 7.1 TB RAM in total.
The updated MIPT cluster system had a 10 TB data storage system, while the communication network is based on a high-speed Infiniband QDR interface.


Project information

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT)

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.

Project Dates:
July 2011 - December 2011
Project Location:
Dolgoprudniy, Moscow region, Russia

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