Intel Corporation(NASDAQ:INTC) and Hewlett-Packard Company(NYSE:HPQ) have entered into an alliance to build a new supercomputing system for the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory that promises to be one of the most competent installations in the world.
The latest system will be powered by a combination of present 32nm Xeon E5 processors and upcoming 22nm Ivy Bridge processors that was based on Intel’s MIC architecture, running inside HP servers.
The total peak performance of the system is predicted to exceed 1 Petaflop and it will definitely be the largest supercomputer dedicated entirely on renewable energy.
The installation will not use conventional compressor-based or mechanical cooling systems. It will use warm water liquid cooling technology instead to increase the reuse of heating power. This cooling system along with innovative data centre design and is predicted to end up being the world’s most efficient data centre, with a PUE rating of at least 1.06.
NREL Computational Science director, Steve Hammond said that at NREL, people have taken holistic approach to sustainable computing. The updated system will let NREL to increase the computational capabilities while being heedful of energy and water used in the process.
Claims were made by NREL that the inclusion of Intel Xeon Phi co-processors is the solution to make the performance and facility energy efficient. NREL has taken part in the software development for MIC architecture of Intel and discovered that it took only a couple of days to port half a million lines of code with the help of Intel Xeon Phi cores.
John Michalakes, NREL scientist said that modeling the wind energy system to turbine scales to meteorological scales accounts for squeezing every last bit of performance from simulations. The capability of developing and optimizing the same software ecosystem as the host Intel Xeon processor is a huge advance for application scaling, programmer productivity and scaling.
The NREL system is slated for completion in the summer season of 2013.