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RSC Tornado with Intel Xeon Phi Sports 528 Teraflops Per Cabinet

rscToday the RSC Group out of Russia announced a new generation of high-performance scalable and energy-efficient RSC Tornado solution with direct liquid cooling based on the newest multi-core Intel Xeon Phi processor (previously code named as Knights Landing) on the day of global launch of this product. The new RSC solution has improved physical and computing density, high energy efficiency and provides stable operation in “hot water” mode with +63 °С cooling agent temperature.

With unique extensive experience in development of highly efficient direct liquid cooling and ultra-dense integration of HPC solutions based on standard server components, RSC specialists has developed and presented a new generation of RSC Tornado cluster solution based on the latest multi-core Intel Xeon Phi processor (earlier code named as Knights Landing) right on the day of global launch of this product. RSC Tornado also has numerous improved characteristics highly demanded by customers operating powerful data centers. All RSC solutions are developed in Russia and we actively use the potential and production capacities of Russian manufacturing facilities,” – said Alexey Shmelev, CEO of RSC Group.

New generation of RSC Tornado cluster solution has the following improved characteristics:

  • High-end models of the latest multi-core (up to 72 cores) Intel Xeon Phi 7250, Intel Xeon Phi 7290 or Intel Xeon Phi 7250F, Intel Xeon Phi 7290F processors (“F” indicates processor versions with integrated high-speed interconnect Intel Omni-Path)
  • Usage of new Intel Server Boards S7200AP
  • Highest physical density with up to 153 computing node in a standard 42U cabinet (80х80х200 cm)
  • Almost doubled computing density – 528 Teraflops (280 Teraflops in previous generation) in a standard 42U cabinet or over 412 Teraflops/m3
  • Up to 192 GB RAM per node (DDR4-2400 RAM + 16 GB MCDRAM)
  • Simultaneous use of up to 2 SSD SATA drives and one PCIe SSD in M.2 form factor, such as Intel SSD DC S3500 and Intel SSD DC NVMe M.2
  • Improved reliability – independent hydraulic pump modules (hydraulic regulation modules) of the liquid cooling system per a computing domain (up to 9 modules per cabinet) with redundancy level from N+1 to N+N
  • Improved energy efficiency – provides necessary conditions for stable operation of computing nodes in “hot water” mode at +63 °С temperature at node input
  • New power supply module in computing node form factor providing efficient transformation of 220V (AC) to 400V (DC) and supporting parallel operation on common bus
  • Updated design of computing cabinet with support of new high speed inter-node communication technologies including Intel Omni-Path and Mellanox EDR InfiniBand
  • Supports flexible cooling system configurations with redundancy of both single hydraulic regulation nodes and the entire system

RSC has demonstrated RSC Tornado computing node based on Intel Xeon Phi 7250 multi-core processor on a new Intel S7200AP server board with two Intel SSD DC S3500 Series M.2 340 GB and one Intel SSD DC NVMe M.2 PCIe solid state drives and switches and adapters based on Intel Omni-Path and Mellanox EDR InfiniBand high-speed interconnects.

RSC Tornado cluster solution can also be implemented with Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 server processors (including high-end model Intel Xeon E5-2699 v4) providing high computing density – 237 Teraflops in a standard 42U (80x80x200 cm) cabinet.

Russian customers use solutions based on RSC Tornado cluster architecture with liquid cooling developed by RSC Group specialists in production environments for over six years. These solutions are installed and actively used for modeling and calculation of a broad range of scientific, research and industrial tasks by the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University named after Peter the Great (SPbPU), Joint Supercomputer Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (JSCC RAS), South Ural State University (SUSU), Moscow Physics and Technology Institute (MIPT), Russian Weather Forecast Agency (Roshydromet) and other customers from different vertical industries.

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