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NEC Delivers HPC Cluster to RWTH Aachen University in Germany

Today NEC announced that RWTH Aachen University in Germany has started operations of a new HPC cluster. Called CLAIX-2018 the system augments the university’s existing CLAIX-2016 installation. “RWTH Aachen is one of the most renowned universities in Germany, and this project is a lighthouse project not only for the HPC datacentre, but also for NEC,” said Yuichi Kojima, Vice President HPC EMEA at NEC Deutschland.

Joliot-Curie Supercomputer from Atos Powers Research at GENCI

GENCI in France has inaugurated their new Joliot-Curie supercomputer. Based on the Atos BullSequana architecture, the system is rated at 9.4 petaflops of peak performance. The system boasts 4.5X increase in computing capacity with half the power consumption of its predecessor. “Joliot-Curie has already been tested as part of the Grands Challenges (Great challenges), organized by GENCI at the TGCC, by running major simulations and other applications.”

Beluga Supercomputer comes to Calcul Québec

Calcul Québec has deployed a new supercomputer to power research in Canada. With over 28,000 compute cores and 688 NVIDIA V100 GPUs, the new Béluga system was first made available at the beginning of April and is now the main high performance computing infrastructure in the province. “Béluga is a state-of-the-art supercomputer and was made available through the exceptional teamwork of our research and teaching institutions. It will become an essential part of advancing research in Quebec.”

Thorny Flat Supercomputer comes to West Virginia University

Today West Virginia University announced of one of the state’s most powerful computer clusters to help power research and innovation statewide. “The Thorny Flat High Performance Computer Cluster, named after the state’s second highest peak, joins the Spruce Knob cluster as resources. With 1,000 times more computing power than a desktop computer, the Thorny Flat cluster could benefit a variety research: forest hydrology; genetic studies; forensic chemistry of firearms; modeling of solar-to-chemical energy harvesting; and design and discovery of new materials.”

Video: Atos Olympe Supercomputer Powers Research at CALMIP

Today Atos announced the deployment of a BullSequana X1000 supercomputer at CALMIP, one of the biggest multi-scale inter-university supercomputing centers in France. Called Olympe, the supercomputer will be used for over 200 research projects in materials, fluid mechanics, universe sciences and chemistry. “The supercomputer has a peak performance of 1,3 petaflop/s bringing 5 times more computing and processing power than that of the previous supercomputer, for the same energy consumption.”

Dell EMC Powers Powers Physics at Nikhef with AMD EPYC Servers

The Nikhef National Institutee for Subatomic Physics in Amsterdam has expanded its data center with a cluster of powerful Dell EMC PowerEdge R6415 servers powered by the AMD EPYC processor. “It is a continuous challenge to optimize the CPU and the system design of the servers in our datacenter. This is why we are always looking for the most efficient computing power with the best ratio of performance and budget. The innovative design of the Dell EMC PowerEdge R6415 servers with the AMD EPYC processor fits perfectly with our needs.”

HPE Powers New Tesseract Supercomputer at EPCC

Over at EPCC, Professor Peter Boyle describes the new Tesseract supercomputer, which is hosted at EPCC’s Advanced Computing Facility. DiRAC is part of the UK’s e-infrastructure investment to improve computing, software development, data storage, networking and distributed computing networks. “Tesseract is an 844-node HPE SGI 8600 supercomputer. Each node has two Xeon scalable processor 4116 “Silver” nodes, and 96 GB of memory. In total, the new system has 20256 Intel Skylake computing cores, and is interconnected using 100 Gbit/s Intel Omnipath interconnect.”

300K-Core SuperMUC-NG System Launches at LRZ in Germany

LRZ in Germany dedicated their new SuperMUC-NG (“next generation”) supercomputer last week in Munich. Built by Lenovo, the massive system uses innovative hot-water cooling to achieve unprecedented computational power for large-scale scientific and engineering simulations.

Noctua Supercomputer Inaugurated at Paderborn University

A new supercomputer called “Noctua” was inaugurated recently at Paderborn University. The high-performance computing system is expected to be one of the ten most powerful university installations within Germany. “Integrating a high ratio of state-of-the-art FPGAs in an advanced supercomputer cluster system will provide a remarkable heterogeneous computing platform that enables researchers to perform a new dimension of experiments.”

Cray XC50 Supercomputer Powers National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Today Cray announced that it has delivered and installed a Cray XC50 supercomputer at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ). The supercomputer, nicknamed NS-05 “ATERUI II,” provides more than 3 peak petaflops making it the world’s most powerful supercomputer dedicated to astrophysical calculations. “NAOJ will use the system as a new “telescope” for theoretical astronomy to perform full-scale, high-resolution simulations of the formation and evolution of the Milky Way galaxy as well as three-dimensional simulations of a supernova explosion with realistic microphysics, among other models.”