September 25, 2013
Sept. 25 -- T-Systems has officially started production-services on a newly installed SGI ICE-X system that is dedicated to aerospace research. The system features 570 dual-socket nodes based on intel Xeon E5-2695v2 (Ivy Bridge) delivering a peak-performance of 262 TFlop/s.
Driven by growing simulation requirements of the Center for Computer Applications in Aerospace Science and Engineering (C2A2S2E), other research groups of the German Center for Aerospace Research (DLR) and their industrial partners, T-Systems has installed the SGI ICE X computing system as a dedicated service for aerospace research. The system is provided to the end-users under industry-level Service-Level Agreements (SLAs). Being committed to the sustainability-requirements of its customers and having signed the Code of Conduct on Data Centers Energy Efficiency of the European Commission, T-Systems has put a special emphasis on creating the most energy-efficient solution possible for the given workload of the system.
In a close collaboration, application-analysts of T-Systems and DLR evaluated different options for processor, integration and cooling technology to find the most powerful and energy-efficient solution for the given requirements. The selection of Intel Xeon (Ivy Bridge) Processor and the direct warm-water cooled SGI technology is the result of this process. To further enhance the cooling efficiency, heat-reuse in the center’s infrastructure will start shortly. Based on customer demands, the project plan was very tight. Partners Intel, SGI and T-Systems worked diligently to install the service end-to-end in less than two months.
The system will be primarily used for research and development in flight physics and represents major steps towards an inteligent simulation and virtual flight testing tool. Its implementation was defined in the DLR project Digital-X. To support activities to further enhance the scalability of these applications and to enable them for future system designs, a few nodes of the installed system are equipped with accelerator-cards based on Intel Xeon Phi technology.
The new service will be part of T-Systems’ overall HPC strategy covering the whole spectrum from embedded HPC, HPC Cloud services, dedicated systems up to the access to high-end systems provided on a national or European context via HWW (High Performance Computing for Science and Industry, a joint venture of T-Systems, the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Porsche AG and the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg).
T-Systems is the branch for corporate customers of Deutsche Telekom. Based on a global infrastructure of data-centers and network-interconnects, T-Systems operates Information and Telecommunication technology for international corporates und public institutions. With 52 700 employees worldwide, T-Systems is present in 20 countries and had revenues of about 10 billion Euros in 2012.
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