Intel, HP join hands over world's most efficient supercomputer

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Two tech giants, HP and Intel have joined hands to design and build a new supercomputing system for the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). If reports are to be believed, the new supercomputer would be the largest supercomputer dedicated solely to renewable energy and energy efficiency research.

It is reportedly said that the new system will be powered by a combination of current 32nm Xeon E5 processors and future 22nm Ivy Bridge processors along with around 600 Xeon Phi co-processors (based on Intel's  MIC architecture ), running inside HP ProLiant Gen 8 servers.

As far as installation is concerned, it will use warm water liquid cooling technology to maximize the reuse of heat, instead of using traditional mechanical or compressor-based cooling systems.

Leading chip maker Intel has claimed that the integration of Intel Xeon Phi co-processors is the key to make the facility energy and performance efficient.

It is expected that the peak performance of the system will exceed 1 Petaflop. 1 Petaflop is equivalent to a thousand trillion floating point operations per second.

The NREL system is scheduled for completion in 2013.