Today SGI Japan announced that the Nagaoka University of Technology has selected the SGI UV 300, SGI UV 30EX and SGI Rackable servers and SGI InfiniteStorage 5600 for its next education and research integrated high-performance computing system. With a tenfold performance increase over the previous system, the new supercomputer will will start operation on March 1, 2016.
In today’s environment, eco-friendly, effective manufacturing is desired, and more advanced large-scale simulations are essential for the development of new technologies,” said Professor Masahiro Nakagawa, head of information processing center, Nagaoka University of Technology. “At our university, which aims at the foundation of sciences based on technologies, it is important that our high-performance compute system replicate real-world environments. The newly introduced SGI HPC system with increased performance will benefit our students by accelerating their time to discovery.”
Founded in 1976, the Nagaoka University of Technology is one of only two national Universities of Technology in Japan. Since introducing an educational HPC system in 1978, the Information Processing Center has provided students with access to computer systems for various research projects, including applications of formula manipulation and numerical analytics.
In recent years, the demands placed on data and information processing has experienced rapid growth, putting strain on the university’s current system, as applications continued to expand in size and complexity. To address this challenge, the university selected the SGI UV server family, significantly improving both performance and capacity for its students.
SGI will also provide a web browser-based and custom developed interface that enables users to submit jobs, check statuses, and obtain results in a batch processing system. The interface improves ease of use and increase productivity over traditional command input. The system can be used by students with even moderate level programming skills and technological levels, making it a great choice for undergraduate students receiving general education and its doctoral students conducting advanced research.
SGI’s production supercomputers provide a unique tool for research universities addressing a wide range of research subjects,” said Gabriel Broner, vice president and general manager of high-performance computing, SGI. “We are happy to be partnering with Nagaoka University and supporting them in pushing the boundaries of knowledge in their fields of study.”
To address the university’s increasing demand for data and information processing their new HPC system will include:
- Single system image. The SGI UV 300 and SGI UV 30EX shared memory servers will run as single system images (SSIs) on a single OS. The SGI UV technology enables delivery of large core count platforms to support research and learning of advanced multi-processor parallel computing without the management complexity of traditional scale out cluster-based solutions.
- Data-centric design. The SGI UV 300 server is designed for data intensive, I/O heavy workloads, enabling it to support a diverse range of research projects and applications.
- Fast interconnect. Key to the SGI UV 300 performance is SGI’s unique leading cache coherent NUMAlink 7 interconnect technology that enables a high bandwidth, low latency “all-to-all” communication between the Intel Xeon E7 processor
- All-Flash storage. The systems use all flash storage to eliminate the I/O bottleneck that often occurs in high-speed processing
- Scalable storage. SGI Rackable servers including SGI InfiniteStorage 5600