Caltech Upgrading Demo Cluster with Intel Xeon-Phi x200 Processor

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Nor-Tech reports that Caltech is upgrading its Nor-Tech demo cluster with Intel Xeon Phi. The demo cluster is a no-cost, no-strings opportunity for current and prospective clients to test-drive simulation applications on a cutting-edge Nor-Tech HPC equipped with Intel Xeon Phi and other high-demand platforms installed and configured. Users can also integrate their existing platforms into the demo cluster.

When it comes to running simulations, we know that reducing time-to-results is critical,” said Nor-Tech President and CEO David Bollig. “To compete in the research environment, everything needs to continually be better and faster—that’s what Nor-Tech clusters integrated with best fit software are able to deliver. In the case of Caltech, they have already had a number of headline-grabbing breakthroughs using the cluster they purchased from us.”

Integrating Nor-Tech clusters with bootable Intel Xeon Phi processors eliminates node bottlenecks, simplifies code modernization, and builds on a power-efficient structure. The bootable Intel Xeon Phi x86 CPU host processor offers an integrated architecture for powerful, highly parallel performance that enables deeper insight, innovation, and impact for the most demanding HPC applications.

To take full advantage of the processor, an application must scale well to over 100 software threads and either make extensive use of vectors or efficiently use more local memory bandwidth than is available on an Intel Xeon processor.

Key specifications include:

  • Up to 1 teraflop double-precision performance
  • Exceptional performance-per-watt for highly parallel workloads
  • Single programming model for all code
  • Flexible usage models to maximize the clients’ investment

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