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NEC Builds New Cluster in Germany For Astro and Geophysics

NECZDNet DE posted an article today detailing a new joint venture supercomputing project between the Society for scientific computing Göttingen (IT Center), the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) and the Institute of Geophysics, Georg-August University in Göttingen. The new machine was built using NEC LX-2200 nodes, anchored by Intel Nehalem processors. The overall system consists of nearly 200 HPC 1812Rb-2-mini-blade systems with ConnectX-on-board InfiniBand HCAs.

As a platform for applications in scientific and technological environment, NEC provides the server for HPC 1812Rb-2. It integrates eight processor sockets distributed over four compute nodes in a 2U enclosure. In conjunction with the onboard InfiniBand interfaces, it is especially suitable when whatever little space, cost and energy efficiency, and integration density, “said Andreas Findling, senior product line manager at NEC Germany.

The research at the Institute of Geophysics is partly due to the investigations of the terrestrial magnetism and to geophysical fluid dynamics in general, while the scientists) at MPS, the new high-performance computing systems especially for the simulation of magnetic fields and currents in the plasma of solar interior and the extensive use solar atmosphere.

The original article was translated from German [thanks to translate.google.com], so please excuse any minor imperfections in the official quote.  For more info, read the full release [in German] here.

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