Timelapse installation of Ireland's top super

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Last week SGI posted a release about the installation of a 2,500 core Altix ICE in Ireland last November. The system peaks at 25 TFLOPS, and made it to slot 117 on the most recent Top500.

SGI logoInstalled in November at the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC), “Stokes,” a new SGI Altix ICE 8200 system that operates at up to 25.1 trillion operations per second, is ranked No. 117 on the TOP500 list of the world’s fastest computers. Perhaps more significantly, the latest ICHEC supercomputer delivers 87.6 percent of its peak performance when running the LINPACK benchmark — the best efficiency of any industry-standard system appearing in the list’s top 225 systems. This remains a serious factor for scientific and engineering institutes that use MPI and seek to minimize run times, processor counts and power use while maximizing job throughput.

Fun facts: the system was installed in 3 hours and powered up the same day. Fun video with a timelapse of the installation here.