Today Cray announced that the Center for Computational Sciences (CCS) at the University of Tsukuba in Japan has installed their second Petascale Cray CS300 supercomputer. Known as “COMA,” the new supercomputer is powered by Intel Xeon and Intel Xeon Phi processors, providing the CCS user community with a powerful tool for performing research in the areas of space physics, theory of elementary particles, life sciences and material sciences.
At this moment, COMA is the largest cluster system in Japan to employ Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors,” said Prof. Taisuke Boku, Chair of the Administrative Committee for Computer Systems at the Center for Computational Sciences at the University of Tsukuba. “With the sophisticated implementation of the Cray CS300 system, COMA occupies an incredibly small footprint for a petaflop supercomputing system. We are focused on accelerated computing technologies for scientific computing. It is quite interesting to now have the ability to research and compare the performance characteristics of two different types of accelerators — the GPUs on our HA-PACS system and the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors on our COMA system.”
Built on the Appro platform Cray acquired at the end of 2012, the Cray CS300 series of cluster supercomputers are available with air or liquid-cooled architectures.
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