NVIDIA GPU-Accelerated Supercomputer Sets World Record for Energy Efficiency

NVIDIA GPU-Accelerated Supercomputer Sets World Record for Energy Efficiency 
Italy's Top Supercomputing Center Leapfrogs Current Green500 No. 1
System Using Kepler Accelerators, Liquid Cooling 
SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/31/13 --  Italy's "Eurora"
supercomputer -- which uses NVIDIA(R) Tesla(R) GPU accelerators based
on NVIDIA Kepler(TM), the world's fastest and most efficient high
performance computing (HPC) architecture -- has set a new record for
data center energy efficiency, NVIDIA today announced.  
The Eurora supercomputer, built by Eurotech and deployed Wednesday at
the Cineca facility in Bologna, Italy, the country's most powerful
supercomputing center, reached 3,150 megaflops per watt of sustained
performance(1) -- a mark 26 percent higher than the top system on the
most recent Green500 list of the world's most efficient
Eurora broke the record by combining 128 high-performance,
energy-efficient NVIDIA Tesla K20 accelerators with the Eurotech
Aurora Tigon supercomputer, featuring innovative Aurora Hot Water
Cooling technology, which uses direct hot water cooling on all
electronic and electrical components of the HPC system.  
Available to members of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in
Europe (PRACE) and major Italian research entities, Eurora will
enable scientists to advance research and discovery across a range of
scientific disciplines, including material science, astrophysics,
life sciences and Earth sciences.  
"Advanced computer simulations that enable scientists to discover new
phenomena and test hypotheses require massive amounts of performance,
which can consume a lot of power," said Sanzio Bassini, director of
HPC department at Cineca. "Equipped with the ultra-efficient Aurora
system and NVIDIA GPU accelerators, Eurora will give European
researchers the computing muscle to study all types of physical and
biological systems, while allowing us to keep data center power
consumption and costs in check."  
Pairing NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPUs with Eurotech's Aurora Hot Water
Cooling technology, the Eurora system is more efficient and compact
than conventional air-cooled solutions. HPC systems based on the
Eurora hardware architecture, including the Eurotech Aurora Tigon,
enable data centers to potentially reduce energ
y bills by up to 50
percent and reduce total cost of ownership by 30-50 percent.(3)  
In addition, the use of Aurora Hot Water Cooling technology reduces
or eliminates the need for air conditioning in typically warm
climates like Italy. The thermal energy the system produces can be
used to heat buildings, drive adsorption chillers for air
conditioning or generate tri-generation, the combined production of
electricity, heating and cooling.  
"GPU accelerators are inherently more energy efficient than CPUs, and
Tesla K20 accelerators widen this gap considerably," said Sumit
Gupta, general manger of the Tesla accelerated computing business at
NVIDIA. "Energy efficiency has become the defining element of
computing performance. And GPUs enable data center computer systems
of all sizes -- from small clusters to future exascale-class systems
-- to achieve performance goals within an economically feasible
energy budget."  
Eurora is a prototype system developed for Cineca under the PRACE 2IP
initiative to provide a sustainable, high-quality infrastructure to
meet the most demanding needs of the European HPC user community. A
commercial version of the Eurotech Aurora Tigon supercomputer is also
available today from Eurotech. More information is available on the
Eurotech website. 
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(1) System configuration: 64 Aurora Tigon nodes system; 2 x Intel
Xeon E5-2687W and 2 x NVIDIA K20 GPU accelerators per node; Energy
measurements followed the same procedure as specified by Green500
guidelines, and were taken on a calibrated power meter with the
system running a customized version of LINPACK. 
 (2) Compared to the
Beacon system National Institute for Computational
Sciences/University of Tennessee at 2,499 megaflops/watt. Source:
 (3) Based on a comparison
between air cooled and liquid cooled medium-sized data centers with
1,800 server nodes, each with double Intel Xeon E5-2670 2.6 GHz
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