Irish Supercomputer List Grows its Ranks

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Today the latest Irish Supercomputer List was released for June 2014. The new list has 50 percent more compute cores than the previous list, which was released in November, 2013.

cropped-500_1_IrelandLaunched in November 2013, the list was started to raise the profile of HPC in Ireland and abroad. Updated twice annually in November and June and there is a continuously open call for participation from users and maintainers of Irish HPC installations.

It is very encouraging that the Irish Supercomputer List has grown so much in its first six months,” said Dr. Brett Becker, of CCT. “The main aims of the project are to put Ireland on the global HPC map, and to put the Irish HPC landscape in perspective. We are well on the way towards achieving those aims. Ireland continues to punch far above its weight when compared to many other countries with much larger populations. Now we can say that Ireland is punching even harder.”

The combined number of CPU cores in the computers on the list is over 69,000. The list also shows that Ireland is following a global trend of using more GPUs and other types of accelerators for HPC. The total number of accelerator cores on the list is over 100,000.

Irish Supercomputing Statistics:

  • Total CPU cores: almost 70,000
  • Total Accelerator cores: over 100,000
  • Total Storage (10 reporting): 1172 TB
  • Most machines (6/23): Trinity College Dublin
  • Most popular chip: Intel (20/23)
  • Installation Locations: Academia(12), Industry(7), Other(4)
  • Total performance: 676 TFlops
  • Average performance: 30 TFlops

The Irish Supercomputer List is maintained by an independent group of computer science researchers representing industry and academia, including Dublin City University and the College of Computer Training, also in Dublin. Providing an international perspective, are representatives from the University of Oxford and the University of Helsinki. The advisory committee is made of members from Ireland and the UK.