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Gauss Centre in Germany Allocates 1 Billion Computing Core Hours for Science

“With the 19th Call for Large-Scale Projects, the GCS steering committee granted a total of more than 1 billion core hours to 17 ambitious research projects. The research teams represent a wide range of scientific disciplines, including astrophysics, atomic and nuclear physics, biology, condensed matter physics, elementary particle physics, meteorology, and scientific engineering, among others.”

Warm Water-Cooling enables a fanless design for new Lenovo ThinkSystem SD650

Today Lenovo unveiled the new ThinkSystem SD650 server Direct Water Cooling for energy-efficient, high-density computing. Already deployed at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Germany, the ThinkSystem SD650 will save customers up to 40% on energy costs while delivering a 10-15% performance improvement over air-cooled systems. “The system utilizes warm water instead of air to cool the components, including the CPUs and memory. Water conducts heat more efficiently, allowing customers to run their processors in “turbo” mode continuously, resulting in a performance improvement. The SD650 HPC servers have no system fans, operate at lower temperatures when compared to standard air-cooled systems and have negligible datacenter chilled water requirements. The result – lower datacenter power consumption of 30-40% compared to traditional cooling methods.”

Lenovo to Build 26.7 Petaflop SuperMUC-NG Cluster for LRZ in Germany

“Upon its completion in late 2018, the new Lenovo supercomputer (called SuperMUC-NG) will support LRZ in its groundbreaking research across a variety of complex scientific disciplines, such as astrophysics, fluid dynamics and life sciences, by offering highly available, secure and energy-efficient high-performance computing services that leverage industry-leading technology optimized to address the a broad range of scientific computing applications. The LRZ installation will also feature the 20-millionth server shipped by Lenovo, a significant milestone in the company’s data center history.”

Energy-efficient CoolMUC-3 Cluster comes to LRZ in Germany

An new energy-efficient supercomputer called CoolMUC-3 has been deployed at LRZ in Germany. Developed by MEGWARE, the HPC cluster features Intel’s many-core architecture and warm-water cooled Omni-Path switches. “In the long run, we want to get rid of inefficient air-cooling completely.”

Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller Named Chairman of the Board at LRZ in Germany

Today the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) announced that Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller is the new Chairman of the Board of Directors at GCS member Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ).

Megware to Install CooLMUC 3 Supercomputer at LRZ in Germany

“The new CooLMUC 3 system outperforms its predecessors in a number of respects, including its key feature of cooling in thermally insulated racks all compute and login nodes, power supply units, and Omni-Path switches directly with hot water, a combination the likes of which has never been seen before,” said Axel Auweter, Head of HPC Development at MEGWARE. “Even at a cooling water temperature of 40 degrees Celsius and a room temperature of 25 degrees Celsius, a maximum of just 3% waste heat is produced in the ambient air.”

SuperMUC Helps Discover New Species Critical to Rainforest Ecosystems

Researchers using the SuperMUC cluster in Germany have discovered a set of unknown species in rainforest soils. As described in a new paper published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, their study on microbial diversity in tropical rainforests required over one million CPU hours to complete. “Without the outstanding high performance computing infrastructure in Germany and especially at LRZ, this study would not have been feasible. The availability of SuperMUC constitutes an essential national advantage in the international scientific competition,” states Alexandros Stamatakis.

GCS Awards 1358 Million Computing Core Hours to Research Projects

Today the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing in Germany announced awards from the 14th Call for Large-Scale Projects. GCS says it achieved new All-Time Highs in various categories with 1358 million awarded core hours of compute time.

Video: Scientific Insights and Discoveries through Scalable HPC at LRZ

In this video from the Intel HPC Developer Conference at SC15, Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller from LRZ presents: Scientific Insights and Discoveries through Scalable High Performance Computing at LRZ. “Science and research today relies heavily on IT-services for discoveries and breakthroughs. The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) is a leading provider of scalable high performance computing and other services for researchers in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, Europe and beyond. This talk describes the LRZ and its services for the scientific community, providing an overview of applications and the respective technologies and services provided by LRZ. At the core of its services is SuperMUC, a highly scalable supercomputer using hot water cooling, which is one of the world’s most energy-efficient systems.

EU/European HPC Plans for the Next Decade

Bob Sorensen from IDC presented this talk at the HPC User Forum. In a recent study, IDC assessed the EU’s progress towards their 2012 action plan and made recommendations for funding exascale systems and fostering industrial HPC in the coming decade.