IBM Hot-Water-Cooled Supercomputer Is Europe's Fastest
IBM announced a new hot-water-cooled supercomputer known as the SuperMUC, which has been billed as Europe's fastest supercomputer.In addition to nabbing the worlds fastest supercomputer title, IBM also can boast producing the first commercial hot-water-cooled supercomputer. IBM announced June 18 that the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), in collaboration with Big Blue has delivered what the company claims is the world's first commercially available hot-water-cooled supercomputer. The new high-performance system is designed to help researchers and industrial institutions across Europe investigate and solve some of the world's most daunting scientific challenges, IBM said in a press release about the new machine.
SuperMUC combines its hot-water-cooling capability, which removes heat 4,000 times more efficiently than air, with 18,000 energy-efficient Intel Xeon processors. In addition to helping with scientific discovery, the integration of hot-water cooling and IBM application-oriented, dynamic systems management software, allows energy to be captured and reused to heat the buildings during the winter on the sprawling Leibniz Supercomputing Centre campus, for savings of 1 million euros, or about $1.25 million per year. Though it is not the worlds fastest supercomputer, the SuperMUC system is Europe's fastest computer, according to the TOP500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers. This performance will be used to drive a wide spectrum of researchfrom simulating the blood flow behind an artificial heart valve, to devising quieter airplanes to unearthing new insights in geophysics, including the understanding of earthquakes. The SuperMUC system is also connected to powerful visualization systems, including a large 4K stereoscopic power wall and a five-sided immersive cave artificial virtual-reality environment or CAVE for visualizing 3D data sets from fields, including earth science, astronomy and medicine. The LRZ is the computer center for Munich's universities and for the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. It takes care of the scientific data network in Munich, offers a variety of data services, and provides high-end computing facilities for the scientific community across Europe. The center's new SuperMUC system is the largest in Europe and one of the most powerful systems in the world. It is part of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) high-performance computing infrastructure for researchers and industrial institutions throughout Europe. The supercomputer is jointly funded by the German federal government and the state of Bavaria. It will be officially inaugurated in July 2012 at Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Garching, Germany.