July 22, 2013
July 22 — ASUS announced that its ESC4000/FDR G2 servers pushed two supercomputers to positions 52 and 364 in the June 2013 TOP500 table, the definitive list of the most powerful commercially available computers. Both supercomputers also ranked 4th and 194th in the June 2013 Green500 list of the most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world.
ASUS ESC4000/FDR G2 servers form the heart of the SANAM high-performing computing (HPC) cluster, a joint supercomputing project for national-level scientific research designed by Germany’s Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Saudi Arabia.
With total processing power of 532.6 TFLOPS (1 teraflop = 1012 floating point operations per second), the ASUS-powered SANAM cluster secured the number 52 spot in the prestigious TOP500 rankings. It has also been ranked 4th worldwide in the Green500 list of energy efficient supercomputers.
ASUS ESC4000/FDR G2 servers also power the supercomputing cluster at number 364 in the June 2013 TOP500 list. Located in Virginia, United States, Jefferson Lab’s Seneca Data Cluster boasts 117.2 TFLOPS total processing power and also claimed the number 194 spot in the Green500 list.
Putting the ‘Super’ in Supercomputing
The ASUS ESC4000/FDR G2 delivers the latest HPC technology, with superior parallel processing and InfiniBand, an interconnect technology with high throughput, low latency, quality of service and failover, designed by industry giants that include IBM and Intel. ESC4000/FDR G2 servers support InfiniBand FDR (Fourteen Data Rate) transfer rates up to 56Gbit/s.
The ESC4000/FDR G2’s architecture makes it an excellent choice for heavy-duty calculations and modeling-intensive applications. ASUS-powered SANAM supercomputers excel in fields such as aerospace, weather forecasting and simulating of chemical reactions. The TOP500-ranked SANAM HPC cluster employs 210 ASUS ESC4000/FDR G2 servers with 420 AMD FirePro S10000 dual-GPU (graphics-processing unit) modules and an array of 420 Intel Xeon E5-2650 eight-core processors, giving a total of 38,400 processor cores.
Jefferson Lab uses the ASUS-powered Seneca Data Cluster for research into atomic nuclei. The Seneca Data Cluster features 58 ASUS ESC4000/FDR G2 servers with Intel Xeon Phi 5110 coprocessors and four NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPUs, giving a total of 2,652 processor cores.
High Power, High Efficiency, Highly Respected
The ASUS ESC4000/FDR G2 server that powers two world-beating supercomputers is both established and trusted in many finance, virtualization, and high-end scientific settings. The two-rack-unit (2U) server is based on the dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 platform with eight hot-swappable 3.5-inch SATA hard drive cages and a 1+1-redundant 1620W 80 Plus Platinum certified power supply that’s 80% energy efficient. With nine PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 x16 expansion slots, the ASUS ESC4000/FDR G2 delivers high-density and highly scalable computing power.
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