SGI and DoD Launch Supercomputer Spirit, the Fastest System in the Department

SGI and DoD Launch Supercomputer Spirit, the Fastest System in the Department 
SGI's ICE(TM) X HPC System Powers Spirit Enabling Modeling of Larger
and More Complex Materials; System Ranks 14th on the World's TOP500
Fastest Supercomputer List 
FREMONT, CA and LEIPZIG, GERMANY -- (Marketwired) -- 06/17/13 --  SGI
(NASDAQ: SGI), the trusted leader in technical computing and big
data, today announced that the United States Department of Defense
(DoD) has deployed the SGI(R) ICE(TM) X high performance computing
(HPC) system for its supercomputer Spirit, making it the 14th fastest
supercomputer in the world according to TOP500 ( The
SGI ICE X system has been deployed as part of the DoD's High
Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP), which provides
compute resources for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) DoD
Supercomputing Research Center (DSRC).  
SGI ICE X system Spirit is named after the B2 Stealth bomber and is
enabling Gary Kedziora, an HPCMP PETTT Computational Materials
Scientist, to implement algorithms that perform quantum mechanical
simulations with computational time that scales linearly with respect
to the number of atoms.  
"Spirit is significantly faster than our previously available
platform for running these linear-scaling calculations, which are
becoming viable for production level work," said Kedziora. "This
enables DoD computational material scientists to model larger and
more complex materials using predictive quantum mechanical methods on
thousands of SGI ICE X processor cores." 
"Our customers are already flocking to the fastest system in the
Department of Defense, finding that their applications are performing
significantly better on the new system," stated Jeff Graham, the
director of the AFRL DSRC. "SGI has delivered a system that is
exceeding their standard benchmark performance on DoD applications by
an average of over 27%, which translates into higher productivity for
scientists and engineers across the DoD." 
As one of the world's fastest distributed memory platforms, the SGI
ICE X system enables Spirit with 144 TB of memory and one of the
largest and fastest pure compute InfiniBand clusters. Running on
standard Redhat Enterprise Linux(R), the SGI ICE X Spirit
Supercomputer is housed in 32 M-r
acks and includes 2,304 (IP-115
Gemini Twin) compute blades with cold-sink technology. It features
9,216 sockets (73,728 cores) powered by Intel (R) Xeon (R) E5
processor 2600 series operating at 2.6 GHz and boasts a theoretical
peak performance of over 1.5 petaflops, further proving its ranking
on the TOP500 list. The Spirit supercomputer also leverages the SGI
InfiniteStorage(TM) 5500 providing 6.72 PB of storage and operating
on the SGI Lustre(R) file system.  
"By providing the technology solutions behind Spirit, SGI is further
powering the work of the armed forces in the success of their
missions and the safety of the men and women," said Jorge Titinger,
president and CEO of SGI. "It is with great honor to see the results
of the SGI ICE X system Spirit being included in the TOP500, further
validating our work together and the effective supercomputing
architecture we built to address complex HPC needs."  
The SGI ICE X platform helped earn SGI the position in the Visionary
quadrant in the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Blade Servers. With
a tightly integrated Infiniband backbone, the ICE X system is ideal
for tough workloads, and with advanced cooling and power solutions
can supply petaflops of compute performance. In the M-cell
configuration, the platform uses on-chip liquid cooling capability to
allow warm-water cooling, eliminating the need for CRAC units, water
chillers and towers. The liquid-cooled heat sink resides between the
pair of node boards in each twin blade slot ("M-Rack" deployment)
enabling the highest watt SKU support (e.g., 135W TDPs), utilizing a
liquid-to-water heat exchanger that provisions the required quantity
of flow for cooling and capturing 55 to 70% of heat generated on the
node board. The M-Cell also helps control acoustics, allowing the
team to have a conversation in their data center again. The SGI ICE X
system provides the ultimate configuration flexibility including four
different InfiniBand topologies to enable optimized performance, with
the InfiniBand interconnect that now dominates the Top 100 of the
TOP500 list. For example, the SGI ICE X supercomputer at Total was
announced today as 11th on the Top 500 list. The SGI ICE X product is
also available in a standard 19-inch "D-rack" configuration, using
standard front-to-back airflow with more modest processor density. 
ICE X products are available today and now comes with Intel(R) Xeon
Phi(TM) coprocessors, which can be seen at Intel's Booth # 341+350
during this month's International Supercomputing Conference, June
16-20, 2013 in Leipzig, Germany. SGI will also be displaying the ICE
X platform near the conference at NH Leipzig Messe, Fuggerstr. 2.
D-04158 Leipzig, meeting rooms Schoenefeld Room and Ehrenberg Room. 
About the High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) 
The HPCMP provides DoD laboratories and Test Centers HPC capabilities
and expertise through partnerships with the Laboratories and Test
Centers. HPCMP resources are used to provide military programs with a
competitive advantage for the design, operation and sustainment of
new weapons systems; for example, preparing U.S. aircraft for
overseas deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq, and assisting in
long-term weather predictions to plan humanitarian and military
operations throughout the world. The Air Force Research Laboratory is
such a partner with the HPCMP by providing a world class HPC Center
committed to providing the resources necessary for DoD scientists and
engineers to complete their research, development, testing and
evaluation projects. Since the organization's inception in 1996 the
AFRL DSRC has supported the warfighter by combining powerful
computational resources, secure interconnects, and application
software with renowned services, expertise and experience. 
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