16.11.2017

Prometheus one of the top hundred fastest supercomputers in the world – again


Prometheus – the supercomputer housed at AGH UST Academic Computer Centre Cyfronet has once again made it to the TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers, taking 77th. place.

The latest edition of TOP500 was announced on 13 November during the SC17 Conference held in Denver, US. Prometheus – the supercomputer housed at Cyfronet with its 2.4 Pflops computing power is currently the fastest computer in Poland. Built by Hewlett-Packard in accordance with major design principles developed by Cyfronet, Prometheus is one of the world’s largest installations of this type and at the same time the first one in Europe to be based on the state-of-the-art direct liquid cooling technology. It consists of over 2200 servers of HP Apollo 8000 platform connected by superfast InfiniBand network of 56 Gbit/s throughput. It features over 53000 cores (energy-saving and efficient Intel Haswell processors) and 279TB RAM in the DDR4 technology. Prometheus is connected to two file systems to the total capacity of 10PB and the access speed of 180 GB/s. Prometheus comes with 144 Nvidia Tesla cards with GPGPU graphical processors.

The architecture of Prometheus addresses various research needs by providing: classical computing servers with high-performance Intel Xeon processors, a set of servers with NVIDIA K80 graphic processors and Intel Xeon Phi 7120P and Nallatech FPGA accelerators as well as a set of servers for computations in the cloud environment.

The applications of the supercomputer include: research data analysis, numerical simulations, advanced visualizations, parallel big data analysis, cloud services and many others.

Alongside Prometheus, a few other Polish computers have made it to this edition of TOP500. The full list of Poland-based supercomputers, including their powers, is as follows:

 

  • 77 – AGH UST Academic Computer Centre CYFRONET, Prometheus (2349 Tflops)
  • 172 – Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center, Eagle (1372 Tflops)
  • 176 – Academic Computer Centre in Gdańsk, Gdańsk University of Technology, Tryton (1413 Tflops)
  • 233 – Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, University of Warsaw, Okeanos (1082 Tflops)
  • 384 – Wrocław Centre for Networking and Supercomputing, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Bem (860 Tflops).

 

Currently, the world’s fastest supercomputer comes – for the ninth consecutive time – from China. The theoretical computing power of Sunway TaihuLight (winner for the second time) exceeds 125.4 Pflops. Chinese supercomputers clearly dominate the TOP500 (202 units), with the U.S. taking second place (143 units). The fastest European supercomputer was ranked third.