Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Chooses SGI Japan for Large-Scale Research and Development

Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Chooses SGI Japan for Large-Scale Research and 
Hybrid High-Performance Supercomputer to Be Used for Cutting-Edge
Research Into Semiconductor Technologies 
MILPITAS, CA and TOKYO, JAPAN -- (Marketwired) -- 07/16/14 --  SGI
Japan, Ltd., part of the global trusted leader in high performance
computing, SGI (NASDAQ: SGI), today announced the installation of a
new, large-scale system at Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
(SEL). The system, which will be used to facilitate the research and
development of semiconductor technologies, combines SGI's large-scale
shared-memory UV(TM) 2000 server and ICE(TM) X blade-type cluster
server into a unified, large-scale system. 
SEL is a specialized research and development company that patents
semiconductor technologies. This supercomputing solution from SGI,
which has been fully operational since March 2014, will facilitate
the research and development of field-effect transistors that use
oxide semiconductors, as well as a large number of other products
related to active matrix displays, non-volatile memory, and
lithium-ion batteries.  
"We are privileged to be providing the computational resource that
drives SEL's achievements in developing cutting-edge technology for
industry," said Manabu Mochizuki, SGI Japan president and
representative director. "With this installation, our collaboration
with this impressive organization grows even stronger." 
"As a leader in partnering with research organizations to provide
them with computational tools, SGI is proud to have been selected by
SEL to support them in their innovative semiconductor research," said
Jorge Titinger, president and CEO of SGI. "We look forward to seeing
the results of our technology combined with SEL's leading research,
and further showcasing how our offerings can power the work behind
sophisticated research and development organizations globally." 
SEL first installed SGI's server solutions in 2008. As SEL is focused
on exemplary research and development in the semiconductor field, it
has worked to ensure that the computational resource driving its
research has improved in parallel with its own offerings. This marks
the second time that SEL has implemented a large-scale overhaul of
its systems.  
A primary reason SEL selected SGI was the unique ability to offer a
supercomputer with a hybrid structure, which combine a large-scale
shared memory server and distributed cluster servers into a single,
unified system. Given this highly optimized configuration,
application performance has increased as much as 2.6-fold compared to
SEL's previous system, with a theoretical overall peak performance of
180 teraflops. Enabled with such a high performing solution, SEL's
research and engineering staff can be even more efficient in
delivering world-class innovation.  
A large-scale shared-memory server allows a single system to make use
of extensive memory space, while distributed cluster servers allow
high-speed processing through massively parallel computations. By
combining these two server types into a single, unified system, and
by appropriately designating computation processes according to their
content and characteristics, SEL has been able to create a
computational environment of unprecedented efficiency, facilitating
cutting-edge research and development into ground-breaking
semiconductor technologies. 
The SGI UV 2000 large-scale shared-memory server boasts 768 cores
from the Intel(R) Xeon(R) processor E5-4600 v2 product family with
16TB of memory. The SGI ICE X large-scale blade-type cluster server
combines 7,200 cores from the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product
family with 46TB of memory. The systems' nodes are connected by
high-speed InfiniBand 4x FDR. Finally, the servers share the use of
370TB of RAID storage provided by the SGI(R) InfiniteStorage(TM)
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