Fujitsu has recently revealed that it has received an order for a new top-class Supercomputer System from the Research Institute for Information Technology at Kyushu University. The company will ramp up the operations commencing in October 2017.
The Supercomputer system is going to consist of more than 2,000 servers including the Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY CX400 which is the next-generation model of Fujitsu’s x86 server. The system is expected to offer the top-class performance of about 10 petaflops.
Besides, this will be Japan’s first supercomputer equipped with a large-scale private cloud environment constructed on a front-end subsystem, linked with a computational server of a back-end subsystem through a high-speed file system.
The Research Institute is going to use this system as computational resources for JHPCN and HPCI, along with other user programs. It will be made available to users from inside as well as outside the University to enhance the platform for academic research in Japan and contribute to the development of new academic research including AI.
1. The Server System
The server system of the supercomputer will comprise:
• Back-end Subsystem
The computational nodes will be made up of 2,128 PRIMERGY CX400 systems, the next-generation model of Fujitsu’s x86 server, equipped with Intel® Xeon® processor Scalable family (codename: Skylake). 128 of these servers will be equipped with four NVIDIA® Tesla® P100 GPU computing cards each.
• Front-end Subsystem
This system will consist of 160 basic front-end nodes featuring Intel® Xeon® processor Scalable family (codename: Skylake) and NVIDIA® Quadro® P4000 graphics cards, as well as four high-capacity front-end nodes featuring 12 terabytes of memory each, and other servers.
• Storage Subsystem
A disk array system will be deployed with an effective capacity of over 24 petabytes.
Using the latest high-speed interconnect EDR InfiniBand™ to connect to the servers, this system offers high parallel computation performance and availability.
3. File System
This supercomputer system will be built using FEFS, Fujitsu’s high capacity, high performance, high reliability distributed file system with a proven track record both inside and outside Japan.
4. Power Saving Feature
This will incorporate a system to monitor electricity usage. By using the Fujitsu Software Technical Computing Suite, the HPC middleware, this system will flexibly control electricity usage through such functions to limit the maximum electricity consumption for each system user.
Overview of the New System
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