The first commercial supercomputer cooled with hot water from the IBM consumes 40% less power

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ibm supermuc swissThe Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), in conjunction with IBM, today announced the first supercomputer cooled with hot water commercially available. It counts with an effective and high-performance system designed to help researchers and industrial institutions throughout Europe to investigate and solve some of the scientific challenges more daunting task.


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The new SuperMUC system of LRZ was drawn up with IBM servers System x iDataPlex dx360 Direct Water Cooled M4 with more than 150.000 cores in order to deliver a peak performance of up to three petaflops, the equivalent work of more than 110.000 computers -personal. Simplifying, three billion people using a pocket calculator would have to play a million operations per second each to achieve a performance equivalent to SuperMUC. In addition, a new and revolutionary way of technology hot water cooling invented by IBM allows the system to be prepared 10 times more compact, substantially improving peak performance while consuming 40 percent less energy than a similar machine with fan cooling.

“This year, all the electricity consumed by State-financed institutions in Germany are forced to buy power   100% sustainable,” said Prof. Dr, Arndt Bode, Chairman of the Board of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre. “The SuperMUC will   help us to maintain our commitment to providing, at the same time, the best system in its class to the scientific community to test theories, design experiments and predict results as ever seen.”

Pioneering cooling technology with hot water

Currently, until 50 percent of energy consumption and carbon footprint of a data center cooled by fan is not caused by computing, and Yes, by feeding the necessary cooling systems. Scientists and developers of IBM decided to address this challenge with an innovative concept of cooling with hot water, which eliminates the need for cooling systems of conventional data centers.The cooling technology with hot water from the IBM  ’ directly cools the active components in the system, such as processors and memory modules, with cooling temperatures that can reach up to 113 degrees Fahrenheit, or 45 degrees Celsius.

“As we continue with our long-term vision of a data center with zero emission, We can, Finally, achieve a reduction of up to a million times the size of SuperMUC, so that it can be reduced to the size of a computer desktop with a much higher efficiency than today,” said Dr. Bruno Michel, Manager advanced thermal packaging at IBM Research.

The SuperMUC combines its cooling capacity with hot water, that removes the heat 4.000 more efficient than air, with 18.000 Intel Xeon processors with energy efficiency. In addition to helping with the scientific breakthrough, the integration of hot water and cooling systems management software-oriented dynamic application IBM allows energy to be captured and reused to heat the buildings during the winter in the vast campus of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre – a saving of one million euros (  $ 1 .25 million) per year.

The most powerful supercomputer in Europe

The SuperMUC system is the fastest computer in Europe, According to the TOP500 list of computers the world's fastest announced today.   This performance will be used to boost   a wide range of research – Since stimulation of blood flow behind a heart valve, even the quietest aircraft planning to dig our insights in geophysics, including understanding earthquakes.   the SuperMUC system is also connected to display systems,  including a large wall of stereoscopic   4 k and a power   virtual reality environment or artificial   CAVE of five sides to show 3D datasets   field, including the Earth Science, Astronomy and medicine.

The LRZ is the computer Center for the universities of Munich and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. She takes care of scientific data network in Munich, offers a wide range of data services, and provides computer facilities for the scientific community across Europe.

The new SuperMUC System Center is the largest in Europe and one of the most effective systems of the world. It is part of the   infrastructure for high-performance computing partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) for researchers and industrial institutions throughout Europe. The supercomputer is jointly funded by the federal Government   of Germany and the State of Bavaria. He   will be officially opened in July 2012 in the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Garching, Germany.

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