First Commercial IBM Hot-Water Cooled Supercomputer to Consume 40% Less Energy

First Commercial IBM Hot-Water Cooled Supercomputer to Consume 40% Less Energy

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First Commercial IBM Hot-Water Cooled Supercomputer to Consume 40% Less Energy PR Newswire MUNICH, June 18, 2012 - Leibniz's "SuperMUC" named Europe's fastest supercomputer MUNICH, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), in collaboration with IBM (NYSE: IBM), today announced the world's first commercially available hot-water cooled supercomputer, a powerful, high- performance system designed to help researchers and industrial institutions across Europe investigate and solve some of the world's most daunting scientific challenges. YouTube: http://youtu.be/LzTedSh51Tw Flickr Photos: http://flickr.com/gp/ibm_research_zurich/m89ZD2/ Timeline: IBM's History and Future in Water Cooled Computing (1966-2060) The new LRZ "SuperMUC" system was built with IBM System x iDataPlex Direct Water Cooled dx360 M4 servers with more than 150,000 cores to provide a peak performance of up to three petaflops, which is equivalent to the work of more than 110,000 personal computers. Put another way, three billion people using a pocket calculator would have to perform one million operations per second each to reach equivalent SuperMUC performance. Also, a revolutionary new form of hot-water cooling technology invented by IBM allows the system to be built 10 times more compact and substantially improve its peak performance while consuming 40 percent less energy than a comparable air- cooled machine.

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First Commercial IBM Hot-Water Cooled
Supercomputer to Consume 40% Less Energy
PR Newswire
MUNICH, June 18, 2012
- Leibniz's "SuperMUC" named
Europe
's fastest supercomputer
MUNICH
,
June 18, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre
(LRZ), in collaboration with IBM (NYSE: IBM), today announced the world's first
commercially available hot-water cooled supercomputer, a powerful, high-
performance system designed to help researchers and industrial institutions
across
Europe
investigate and solve some of the world's most daunting
scientific challenges.
YouTube: http://youtu.be/LzTedSh51Tw
Flickr Photos: http://flickr.com/gp/ibm_research_zurich/m89ZD2/
Timeline: IBM's History and Future in Water Cooled Computing (1966-2060)
The new LRZ "SuperMUC" system was built with IBM System x iDataPlex Direct
Water Cooled dx360 M4 servers with more than 150,000 cores to provide a
peak performance of up to three petaflops, which is equivalent to the work of
more than 110,000 personal computers. Put another way, three billion people
using a pocket calculator would have to perform one million operations per
second each to reach equivalent SuperMUC performance. Also, a revolutionary
new form of hot-water cooling technology invented by IBM allows the system to
be built 10 times more compact and substantially improve its peak
performance while consuming 40 percent less energy than a comparable air-
cooled machine.
"This year all the electricity consumed by state-funded institutions across
Germany
are required to purchase 100% sustainable energy," said Prof. Dr.
Arndt Bode, Chairman of the Board, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre.
"SuperMUC will help us keep our commitment, while giving the scientific
community a best-in-class system to test theories, design experiments and
predict outcomes as never before."
Pioneering Hot-Water Cooled Technology
Up to 50 percent of an average air-cooled data center's energy consumption
and carbon footprint today is not caused by computing, but by powering the
necessary cooling systems. IBM scientists and developers chose to address this
challenge with an innovative concept of hot-water cooling, which eliminates the
need for conventional data center air cooling systems. IBM's hot-water cooling
technology directly cools active components in the system such as processors
and memory modules with coolant temperatures that can reach as high as 113
degrees Fahrenheit, or 45 degrees Celsius.
"As we continue to deliver on our long-term vision of a zero emission data
center we may eventually achieve a million fold reduction in the size of
SuperMUC, so that it can be reduced to the size of a desktop computer with a
much higher efficiency than today," said Dr. Bruno Michel, manager, Advanced
Thermal Packaging, IBM Research.
SuperMUC combines its hot-water cooling capability, which removes heat 4,000
times more efficiently than air, with 18,000 energy-efficient Intel Xeon
processors. In addition to helping with scientific discovery, the integration of
hot-water cooling and IBM application-oriented, dynamic systems management
software, allows energy to be captured and reused to heat the buildings during
the Winter on the sprawling Leibniz Supercomputing Centre campus, for
savings of
one million Euros
(
$1.25 million USD
) per year.
Europe
's Most Powerful Supercomputer
The SuperMUC system is
Europe
's fastest computer, according to the TOP500
list of the world's fastest supercomputers announced today. This performance
will be used to drive a wide spectrum of research -- from simulating the blood
flow behind an artificial heart valve, to devise quieter airplanes to unearthing
new insights in geophysics, including the understanding of earthquakes. The
SuperMUC system is also connected to powerful visualization systems, including
a large 4K stereoscopic power wall and a five-sided immersive artificial virtual-
reality environment or CAVE for visualizing 3D data sets from fields, including
Earth science, astronomy and medicine.
The LRZ is the computer center for
Munich
's universities and for the Bavarian
Academy of Sciences and Humanities. It takes care of the scientific data
network in
Munich
, offers a variety of data services, and provides high-end
computing facilities for the scientific community across Europe.
The center's new SuperMUC system is the largest in
Europe
and one of the
most powerful systems in the world. It is part of the Partnership for Advanced
Computing in
Europe
(PRACE) high-performance computing infrastructure for
researchers and industrial institutions throughout
Europe
. The supercomputer
is jointly funded by the German federal government and the state of Bavaria.
It will be officially inaugurated in
July 2012
at Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in
Garching, Germany.
IBM (Contacts in Europe)
Hans-Juergen Rehm
Chris Sciacca
Grit Abe
+49-7034-15-1887
+49-7034-15-1887
+41-44-724-8060
hansrehm@de.ibm.com
cia@zurich.ibm.com
gri@zurich.ibm.com
IBM (Contacts in US)
Jim Smith
Joanna Brewer
+1-203-232-7000
+1-415-545-2270
smithje@us.ibm.com
jmbrewer@us.ibm.com