New supercomputer: SGI Altix 4700 at LRZ Munich in service

The Leibniz-Rechenzentrum (LRZ) in Munich finally finished the comissioning of their new SGI Altix 4700. In the current comissioning-phase the system utilizes 4096 Intel Itanium2-Madison9 CPUs rated 1.6 GHz and 17 TB of RAM, offering a theoretical performance of 26 TeraFLOPS.

In the next comissioning-step the system will be upgraded by Dual-Core CPUs and will gain a performance of about 60 TeraFLOPS.

The total cost of the system was 38 Mio. EUR (48.2 Mio. USD).

The Altix runs Linux, which scales up to 1024 CPUs on a Single-System-Image; however, the LRZ will divide the Altix in 16 Partitions with 256 CPUs each. One partition will act as a dedicated login-partition, the other 15 partitions will be the actual productive partitions.
Later they plan to extend the partitions to 512 CPUs and finally they like to scratch on the current SSI-limitation of 1024 CPUs.
(note: SGI mentions on it’s Altix-website “It supports up to 512 processors under one instance of Linux and as much as 128TB of globally shared memory” – the 1024 figure is from SGI’s press-release)

Some details compared to BlueGene/L and the Earth Simulator:

 

BlueGene/L

Earth Simulator

Altix 4700

Vendor

IBM

NEC

SGI

Institute

Lawrence Livermore

ESC

LRZ Bavaria

Location

Livermore (CA), USA

Yokohama, Japan

Garching, Germany

FLOPS

280-Tera-FLOPS

40-Tera-FLOPS

26-Tera-FLOPS

CPUs

131072

5120

4096

Costs

250-300 Mio. USD (?)

62.4 Mio. USD

48.2 Mio. USD

Costs/GFlop

140 USD

8000 USD

n/a

Power consumption

1.5 MW

18 MW

1 MW

Heat dissipation

1.6 MW

18 MW (?)

300 kW

Footprint

232 square meter

3250 square meter

290 square meter

Note: The value for heat-dissipation is from the press-release; it doesn’t look quite correct to me.

The comssioning-ceremony was already on the 21st of July. The german press-release is available at SGI. HPCWire also has a bit about LRZ’s new Altix.

Tags:
, , , ,

3 Responses to New supercomputer: SGI Altix 4700 at LRZ Munich in service

  1. Chris says:

    What is 48.2 Mio. USD? Millions?

    Thanks!

  2. Exactly.

    48.2 Million US Dollars.

    Alex.

  3. ariana says:

    What about SGI Altix 8200?
    how much does it cost?
    plz tell me quickly…ok?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: