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HLRS’ Hornet to deliver four petaflops peak performance

The supercomputing infrastructure of GCS centre HLRS (High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart) at the University of Stuttgart will soon enter the next stage of its HPC systems installation phase. Code- named Hornet, the future HLRS supercomputer will gradually be installed at the Stuttgart HPC facility, so that the vast user community of HLRS has a smooth transition from current supercomputer Hermit to Cray’s next generation high-end HPC system. In its final configuration, Hornet will deliver a peak performance of four petaflops, outperforming Hermit’s maximum

performance by a rough factor of four.

The installation of Hornet, a Cray XC30, is being carried out according to the earlier agreed HPC systems roadmap of HLRS, which defined Hermit as the initial installation step. With Hornet’s implementation to be gradually conducted over the coming 18 months, the next installation phase will be completed by the second half of 2014. The new supercomputer will provide 500TB of main memory and about 6PB of disc space. It will be equipped with 100,000 computing cores and will feature Intel’s next generation of microprocessors which,

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Icebreaker CS

Penguin Computing has announced the immediate availability of the Icebreaker CS storage platform for large scale-out cloud storage deployments. The Icebreaker CS is a fully integrated and pre-configured appliance that incorporates Scality’s RING Organic Storage software. It will be available directly from Penguin as well as through Scality.

The Icebreaker CS is based on Penguin Computing’s Icebreaker 4860 storage server. The system offers an extremely high storage density of 240TB of raw data in a 4U form factor. It is powered by an Intel Xeon E5-2600 processor and configured with 128GB of RAM. The system is offered with two configuration options.

InfiniteStorage Gateway

SGI has announced InfiniteStorage Gateway, a virtualised data management solution that reduces the costs and complexity organisations face when managing exponential data growth. By creating a virtualised storage fabric that can include disk, tape, object and cloud storage, l

InfiniteStorage Gateway reduces the dependency on high-cost primary storage. While appearing to users and applications simply as online data, the solution offers IT administrators the ability to keep data protected and online at a reasonable price.


according to the manufacturer, are specifically designed to optimise power savings and promise significant performance enhancements. ‘A large percentage of our user community comes from the field of scientific engineering where highly memory demanding applications are typical,’ explained Professor Resch of HLRS.

‘Especially in the automotive and

aerospace research and industries, HPC users are depending on systems that feature leading-edge supercomputing technology and at the same time high, sustained performance.’

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The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan is using a Cray supercomputer dedicated exclusively to astronomy. Nicknamed ‘Aterui’, the eight-cabinet Cray XC30 has a peak performance of more than 500 teraflops. DDN has been selected by University College London to provide 3,000 researchers with a storage solution. The university expects to build a storage foundation that will scale up to 100 petabytes.

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