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A Closer Look at the D.A.V.I.D.E. Supercomputer at CINECA in Italy

In this video, researchers from CINECA in Italy describe how their new D.A.V.I.D.E. supercomputer powers science and engineering.

“Developed by E4 Engineering, D.A.V.I.D.E. (Development for an Added Value Infrastructure Designed in Europe) is an Energy Aware Petaflops Class High Performance Cluster based on Power Architecture and coupled with NVIDIA Tesla Pascal GPUs with NVLink. The innovative design of D.A.V.I.D.E. has been developed by E4 Computer Engineering for PRACE, which has as its ultimate goal to produce a leading edge HPC cluster showing higher performance, reduced power consumption and ease of use. The system is the latest addition to CINECA’s Data Center and ranked #18 in Green500 November 2017 list.”

D.A.V.I.D.E. represents the third generation of the European Prace Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project to develop a Whole-System Design for Energy Efficient HPC. PRACE initiated the selection process in 2012 to obtain R&D services which should result in future PRACE HPC systems to become more energy efficient. The strict selection process saw several phases, in which three pre-selected European companies were asked to design HPC solutions that would not only be able to outstandingly perform on the most complex algorithms used by scientists and researchers, but would also drastically reduce power consumption. PRACE’s selection process is highly competitive and, during Phase II, the three companies produced early prototypes. All of them were invited to bid for Phase III, during which the pilot for the three promising solutions will be built and deployed at the hosting centres. E4 Computer Engineering stood out since the early steps of the selection and, thanks to the expertise acquired through years of collaboration with leading European research centers, has proposed D.A.V.I.D.E., a solution that was ranked first place for performance capabilities.

D.A.V.I.D.E. is composed by 45 nodes connected with an efficient Infiniband EDR 100 Gb/s networking, with a total peak performance of 990 TFlops and an estimated power consumption of less than 2kW per node. Each node is a 2 OU OCP form factor and hosts two IBM POWER8 Processors with NVIDIA NVLink and four Tesla P100 data center GPUs, with the intra-node communication layout optimized for best performance.

In this video from ISC 2017, Fabrizio Magugliani from E4 Computer Engineering describes the company’s innovative OP205 OpenPOWER server for HPC applications.

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