Mellanox boosts the Huge Summit Supercomputer

10 June, 2018

With Summit, US is leading again in Supercomputing. It includes 4,608 compute servers, each containing two 22-core IBM Power9 processors, six NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU's and dual-rail Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand

With the introduction of its news Summit supercomputer, announced last week by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US is taking back its position as the leader of supercomputers. With a peak performance of 200,000 trillion calculations per second (200 petaflops), Summit will be eight times more powerful than ORNL’s previous top-ranked system, Titan. For certain scientific applications, Summit will also be capable of more than three billion billion mixed precision calculations per second (3.3 exaops).

The IBM AC922 system consists of 4,608 compute servers, each containing two 22-core IBM Power9 processors and six NVIDIA Tesla V100 graphics processing unit accelerators, interconnected with dual-rail Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand. Summit also possesses more than 10 petabytes of memory paired with fast, high-bandwidth pathways.

“The world’s top HPC and AI supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a result of a great collaboration over the last few years between Oak Ridge National Laboratory, IBM, NVIDIA and us,” said Eyal Waldman, president and CEO of Mellanox Technologies. “Our InfiniBand smart accelerations and offload technology enables organizations to maximize their data center return-on-investment.”

Summit will be open to select projects this year while ORNL and IBM work through the acceptance process for the machine. In 2019, the bulk of access to the IBM system will go to research teams selected through DOE’s Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment, or INCITE, program. The computer is planned to help exploring Astrophysics mysteries such as Exploding stars, Developing the next generation of materials, including compounds for energy storage, better understanding Cancer, biologial systems and more.

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