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Russian Joint Supercomputer Center Breaks Records

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Russian Joint Supercomputer Center Breaks Records

Russian Joint Supercomputer Center raises the bar for performance and energy efficiency with Intel®Xeon Phi™coprocessors

The Joint Supercomputer Center (JSCC) of the Russian Academy of Science was founded in 1999, with branches in St. Petersburg and Kazan. It is one of the most powerful supercomputing centers in Russia, providing high-performance computing (HPC) services to the scientific and educational communities. Leading local HPC solution provider RSC Group (www.rscgroup.ru/en) deployed an MVS-10P* supercomputer, based on RSC Tornado* architecture with the highest-performing Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2690 and Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors, to help the JSCC offer its scientists the best computing tools. This is a prototype of a 10 petaflop-range supercomputing system that JSCC plans to build in the near future. The platform has set several records for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), including for energy efficiency, which reached 1,949 megaflops per watt, 5.5 times better than the previous energy-efficiency record for the region. According to the worldwide Green500 list, JSCC’s new HPC system is the most energy-efficient supercomputer in Russia/CIS, being ranked 30th overall (November 2012). It is the largest Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor-based system outside the U.S. to date.

Challenges
• Keep up with demand. Large user base of scientists and researchers puts constant pressure on supercomputing team to deliver increasing levels of performance
• Cut costs. Anticipating huge advances in computing scalability, JSCC wanted to minimize energy consumption, data center space and total cost of ownership (TCO) while providing high computing performance and energy efficiency

Solutions
• Pioneering platform. RSC Group deployed a prototype of a 10-petaflop-range supercomputing platform based on the latest generation of the innovative RSC Tornado architecture with direct liquid cooling
• Powerful components. The platform features 208 nodes of Intel® server boards S2600JF, 3,328 cores of Intel Xeon processors E5-2690 and 25,376 cores of Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors; 24.8TB of storage using Intel® Solid State Drives (Intel® SSDs) and Fourteen Data Rate (FDR) Infiniband* interconnect technology

Impact
• Performing well. Current peak performance of the new JSCC prototype supercomputer is 523.8 teraflops, having delivered 375.7 teraflops in the LINPACK* benchmark test
• Power savings. Energy efficiency is 5.5 times better than the previous best in the Russia/CIS region, with energy costs cut by 60 percent
• Big savings. The platform’s TCO has been reduced by 25 percent

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