Today Idaho National Laboratory (INL) announced that the lab has deployed an SGI ICE X supercomputer to power nuclear reactor simulations. Supplied through SGI’s partner ComnetCo, the 511 Teraflop SGI ICE X cluster comprises 611 water-cooled nodes using Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors.
SGI is pleased to work with INL once again to provide the SGI ICE X system for its critically important work in energy research and simulations,” said Jorge Titinger, president and CEO, SGI. “The critical insights discovered through INL’s nuclear reactor simulations are an excellent example of the data-intensive workloads that SGI’s systems help clients solve.”
INL is part of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) complex of national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of the strategic goal areas of DOE: energy, national security, science and environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the laboratory is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance. The laboratory develops software that helps scientists analyze research through simulations, which is the key application running on the new SGI system.
SGI has a long history at INL, having won competitive contracts in support of supercomputing and visualization at the lab since the mid-1980s. INL updates its primary HPC system every three to four years and in the latest cycle chose the SGI ICE X solution based on performance and cost. According to the company, the SGI system eases the burden on INL’s data center air conditioning system as the air exiting the system is temperature neutral to the computer room.