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Intel® Xeon Phi™ HPC Cluster Remote Cluster Access Program

Intel Corporation and RSC Group jointly started to implement the Intel® Xeon Phi™ Processors Remote Access Program by providing for users worldwide an access to the resources of RSC Tornado computing cluster at Joint Supercomputer Center of Russian Academy of Sciences (JSCC RAS).

Registered and approved users will get an unique opportunity on ‘free of charge’ base to test and optimize their software applications for an effective running on the system based on the most performing 72-cores Intel® Xeon Phi™ 7290 processors and high-speed communication subsystem with Intel® Omni-Path Architecture.

How to obtain free access

For getting an access to the high-performance RSC Tornado cluster at JSCC RAS you need to fill in a special access request form indicated below..

Access request form

You will get additional instructions via the email address that you provide.

By providing your contact information, you are confirming you are an adult 18 years or older and you authorize Intel, RSC Group, JSCC MSC RAS and/or its representatives to contact you by email or telephone with information about its products, events, and updates for software and business professionals. Please review Intel's Privacy Notice and Terms of Use for more information. By accessing the cluster and/or the software, you agree to abide by the terms of the Evaluation License stated in Intel's End User License Agreement in your usage of Intel® Parallel Studio XE suite and by the respective licenses of other software tools installed on the specified cluster.

How It Works

This program works by providing for 14 days remote access to RSC Tornado high performance computing cluster hosted at JSCC RAS. The program is free and open to everyone. However, to prevent abuse, the program sponsors and organizers reserve the right to screen and deny any access request.

  • You submit a request for remote access
    by filling out and submit a simple form provided above.
  • Request gets approved
    usually within a few hours. You will receive an email message with an approval notification and connection instructions.
  • We send you connection instructions
    You will be able to use SSH to access the cluster from a PC, Mac or a Linux machine. Access is granted for 14 consecutive days.
  • Bring your own code
    We provide essential tools: Intel® compilers and performance libraries. You are welcome to compile and run your own applications, test performance, validate programming approaches and perform any other development work that you require.

What’s Inside

When you get access, you will log in to a Linux-based head node of a batch farm. There you can stage your code and data, compile, and submit calculations to a queue. Once the queued job completes, your results will be in your home folder.

  • Jobs are scheduled on Intel® Xeon Phi™ processors 7290 (formerly Knights Landing)
  • Each processor has 72 cores with 4-way hyper-threading (288 threads).
  • Each processor has access to 192 GiB of DDR4-2400 RAM and 16 GiB of high-bandwidth memory (MCDRAM).
  • You can request nodes in flat or cache mode of MCDRAM.
  • Only one job will run on any processor at a time.
  • Intel® Omni-Path Architecture interconnects are available for distributed-memory jobs.
  • You will get 50 GB of file storage quota.
  • Your home directory is private.
  • Once your access period expires, your home directory and its content will be deleted from the cluster.

Intel Optimized Software

Miscellaneous software optimized for Intel® architecture, including Intel® Xeon Phi™ processors, is available on the cluster:

  • Intel® Parallel Studio XE Cluster Edition and the tools and libraries included with it:
    • Intel® C, C++ and Fortran compilers
    • Intel® MPI library
    • Intel® OpenMP library
    • Intel® Threading Building Blocks (TBB) library
    • Intel® Math Kernel Library (MKL)
    • Intel® Data Analytics Acceleration Library (DAAL)
  • Other tools and libraires 

“Intel, Xeon, and Intel Xeon Phi are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.”

Joint supercomputer center (JSCC) is a state scientific organization founded in 1996 under a joint resolution by the presidium of the Russian Academy of Science (RAS), the ministry of science and technology of the Russian federation, the Ministry of Education of the Russian federation and the Russian Fund of Fundamental Research (RFFR). JSCC is the oldest and one of the most powerful supercomputing centers in Russia working in the area of science and education. JSCC employs highly skilled scientists, programmers and engineers. Currently JSCC has 84 employees including 3 academicians, 9 doctors and 19 phds. specialized departments of the following universities work at JSCC: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology (MIET), Moscow State Institute of Radio-Engineering, Electronics and Automation (MSI REEA) with over 70 students participating. For additional information about RAS JSCC please visit


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RSC Group is Russia's and CIS leading developer and integrator of next-generation supercomputing solutions based on Intel architecture and technologies, advanced liquid cooling and its own extensive know-how. The company’s potential allows for practical creation of the most energy efficient solutions with record PUE, realization of industry-highest computing density based on x86 standard processors, completely green design, the highest reliability of solutions, complete noiselessness of computing modules, 100 percent compatibility and guaranteed scalability, while ensuring lowest total cost of ownership and small energy consumption. Additionally RSC specialists are experienced in development and implementation of a complete software solution stack for increased effectiveness and usability of supercomputer systems ranging from system software to vertically oriented platforms on the basis of cloud computing technology.
RSC participates in the Intel® Technology Provider Program at Platinum level. Performance and scalability of RSC Tornado and RSC PetaStream based solutions are Intel® Cluster Ready certified. For additional information please visit

Project information

Joint supercomputer center (JSCC) is a state scientific organization founded in 1996 under a joint resolution by the presidium of the Russian academy of science (RAS), the ministry of science and technology of the Russian federation, the ministry of education of the Russian federation and the Russian fund of fundamental Research (RFFR)

Project Dates:
June 2017 - July 2017
Project Location:
Moscow, Russia

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