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Release date- 13122013 - One of the world's greenest supercomputers has been unveiled by the High Performance Computing Service at the
Named 'Wilkes', after the
Designed and built by the in-house engineering team within the Cambridge High Performance Computing Service, Wilkes' energy efficiency is 3,361
The Dell system uses innovative NVIDIA GPU computational hardware, and apart from its green credentials is also the fastest GPU supercomputer in the
One of the primary uses of Wilkes is as a test bed for the development of a computing platform for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). This is a huge, international effort to build the world's largest telescope. By detecting radio waves with unprecedented sensitivity and fidelity, the facility has the potential to answer some essential questions about the Universe, such as what the nature of dark energy is, and perhaps the most fundamental question of all - are we alone?
The architecture of the GPU system has also been designed to be the most scalable possible using the very latest high-performance Infiniband network from
This scalability will be used to drive the discovery process across a broad range of research activities within the University. For example, the system will be used to design and test jet engines, design new drugs to fight cancer, and examine the fundamental nature of the nucleus of the atom.
One particular research group, headed up by Dr
The GPU system is housed in a custom-developed 'green data centre', which uses evaporative air-coolers and water heat-exchangers to further boost its environmental credentials. 'Together, the cooling and processing systems behind Wilkes dramatically reduce the power consumption in the data centre, making the total facility one of the most energy-efficiency data centres in the world,' Calleja said. 'Also, the new SKA development lab places the University at the forefront of large-scale, big-data platform development.'
The computer was designed in partnership with Dell,
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