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Fujitsu Receives New Supercomputer Order from Kyushu University

Largest system in the Kyushu region to achieve total theoretical peak performance of 691.7 teraflops using PRIMEHPC FX10 and PRIMERGY CX400

Fujitsu Limited

Tokyo, April 04, 2012

Fujitsu today announced that the Research Institute for Information Technology at Kyushu University has placed orders for a new system(1), consisting of Supercomputer System and High-performance Computational Server System.

The Supercomputer System will use a configuration of Fujitsu's PRIMEHPC FX10 nodes, and the High-performance Computational Server System will employ a cluster configuration of PRIMERGY CX400 x86 servers. Combined, both systems will achieve a total theoretical peak performance of 691.7 teraflops(2), making the new supercomputer system the largest-scale system in the Kyushu region of Japan.

The new supercomputer system will roll out operations beginning in July 2012(3). It will be used to support the Research Institute for Information Technology's advanced research and educational activities in a variety of fields of science and technology. It is also expected to be used by corporations.

Background to the Deployment of the New System

Kyushu University's activities focus on offering education and research in Japan's Kyushu region, where it is the largest national university. The Research Institute for Information Technology is a shared facility available for use by university faculty, graduate students and other researchers from across Japan in their academic research. Since 2007, the Research Institute for Information Technology has utilized a supercomputer system employing Fujitsu's PRIMEQUEST and PRIMERGY servers. In light of recent industry trends, however, in which world-class massively parallel computers have been deployed in Japan, the university has been planning to upgrade its systems and application development environments to enable them to perform calculations of even greater scale.

The Research Institute for Information Technology chose Fujitsu's supercomputer system for its superior computing performance, energy efficiency, execution performance and availability. It can also be employed to develop and optimize applications for use with the K computer(4) supercomputer.

Overview of the New System

The calculation nodes of the new system will use a configuration of 768 PRIMEHPC FX10 nodes and 1,476 PRIMERGY CX400 nodes, thereby achieving a total theoretical computational speed of 691.7 teraflops. As a result, the new supercomputer system is anticipated to be the largest-scale system in Kyushu, and one of the handful that exists throughout the country.

Combining high performance, scalability, and reliability with superior energy efficiency, PRIMEHPC FX10 further enhances Fujitsu's technology used in the K computer, which achieved the world's top-ranked performance(5). PRIMERGY CX400 is a high-density server that can support 84 nodes per rack, or roughly twice the number of nodes of conventional 1U rack servers, making it the ideal x86 server for high performance computing.

Main Configuration of the New Supercomputer System
Compute Nodes PRIMEHPC FX10
Number of racks 8
Nodes (CPUs) 768 (768)
Theoretical Peak Performance 181.6 teraflops
Memory Capacity 24TB
Interconnect Tofu Interconnect (6D Mesh/Torus)
Log-in Nodes Management Servers 22 PRIMERGY RX300S7 servers
Management servers shared discs 2 ETERNUS DX80S2 storage units
Local Files 25 ETERNUS DX80S2 storage units
Shared Files 17 ETERNUS DX80S2 storage units
File System FEFS
High-Performance Server System
Compute Nodes PRIMERGY CX400
Nodes (CPUs) 1,476 (2,952)
Theoretical Peak Performance 510.1 teraflops
Memory Capacity 184.5TB
Log-in Nodes Management Servers 44 PRIMERGY RX300S7 servers
Management servers shared discs 2 ETERNUS DX80S2 storage units
Shared Files 74 ETERNUS DX80S2 storage units
File System FEFS

For its HPC middleware, the system will deploy Technical Computing Suite(6) for peta-scale systems together with 66 PRIMERGY series servers as login nodes. ETERNUS storage systems, combined for a total capacity of 4.6 petabytes, will be deployed for storage. The system's file system will be constructed using the high-capacity, high-performance and highly reliable FEFS(7) distributed file system.

Comment from Mutsumi Aoyagi, Director, Research Institute for Information Technology

Many of our center's users are Japan's top researchers, and they are also the K computer users. As an organization providing resources for the High-Performance Computing Infrastructure (HPCI) initiative(8), which began full-fledged operations this fiscal year, we hope to contribute to the further development of Japan's computational science capabilities by deploying PRIMEHPC FX10, which is highly compatible with the K computer, and the highly energy-efficient and high-density PRIMERGY CX400.

Later this year, we plan to equip the system with high-performance GPGPUs(9), which we anticipate will enable a dramatic improvement in the performance of applications in areas such as computational fluid dynamics and molecular science. Moreover, the High-performance Computational Server System will include a visualization server equipped with remote screen sharing functionality and high-capacity memory, as well as a variety of visualization tools. This will make it possible to perform pre/post-processing of computations for massive volumes of data.

  • [1] New system

    The supercomputer system and high-performance computational server sub-system will be procured separately.

  • [2] Teraflops:

    A trillion floating-point operations per second.

  • [3] Roll out operations beginning in July 2012

    The system employing PRIMEHPC FX10 nodes is scheduled to begin operations in July 2012 and the system employing PRIMERGY CX400 nodes in September 2012.

  • [4] K computer:

    The nickname RIKEN has been using for this next-generation supercomputer since July 2010.

  • [5] Top-ranked performance

    Ranked first on the 38th TOP500 list.

  • [6] Technical Computing Suite:

    Fujitsu's original HPC middleware, which includes system management and job operation management functions, as well as a compiler and library, resulting in high execution performance for massively parallel applications.

  • [7] FEFS:

    Fujitsu Exabyte File System. A high-performance distributed file system that enables sharing across 100,000 nodes.

  • [8] High-Performance Computing Infrastructure (HPCI) initiative

    A computational science platform operated by the HPCI Consortium, which is made up of computational science-related research institutions from across Japan, as part of the HPCI initiative promoted by MEXT.

  • [9] General-Purpose computing on Graphic Processing Units (GPGPU)

    Technology that employs special processors originally used in graphic processing for general computational applications other than graphics processing.

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Date: 04 April, 2012
City: Tokyo
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