22.11.2016

Prometheus in TOP100 of the fastest supercomputers in the world


Zdjęcie: Kamil Krzemień, KSAF AGH

Prometheus, the supercomputer of the AGH UST Academic Computer Centre CYFRONET, for the fourth time was very highly ranked on the list TOP500 of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. In the latest ranking it was rated number 59. 

The latest edition of the list TOP500 was announced at the conference “Supercomputing ’16” in Salt Lake City, USA, on 14 November, 2016. Prometheus, Cyfronet’s supercomputer of computing power equal to 2.4 Pflops (petaflops), is currently the fastest computer in Poland. Built by Hewlett-Packard according to the specifications developed Cyfronet, it is one of the largest installations of this type in the world and, at the same time, the first such a system in Europe, based on the technology of direct cooling by liquid. 

Alongside Prometheus, the list also contains other supercomputers from Poland: 

  • 59 – AGH UST Academic Computer Centre CYFRONET, Prometheus (2349 Tflops),
  • 110 – Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center, Hetman (1372 Tflops),  
  • 114 – Academic Computer Centre in Gdańsk, Gdańsk University of Technology, Tryton, (1413 Tflops),  
  • 131 – Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, University of Warsaw, Okeanos (1082 Tflops),  
  • 205 – Wrocław Centre for Networking and Supercomputing, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Bem (860 Tflops),  
  • 382 – Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, University of Warsaw (591 Tflops),  
  • 400 – National Centre for Nuclear Research (490 Tflops). 

Professor Kazimierz Wiatr, Director of the AGH UST Academic Computer Centre CYFRONET explains: “Thanks to the innovative technology of direct cooling by liquid, Prometheus is one of the most energy-saving computers in its class in the world. Its energy efficiency is comparable to the systems of the largest data centres in the world, such as Google or Facebook. Liquid-based cooling enables the highest possible density of installation, thanks to which the computing section, which weighs over 40 tons, takes up an area of only 18 square metres and fits in only 20 racks. To achieve the same parameters, the predecessor of Prometheus, Zeus, would have to take up even 160 racks.” 

The supercomputer is used, inter alia, for numerical simulations, advanced visualisations, and the analysis of huge amounts of data. For the eighth time, the fastest supercomputer in the world is the Chinese supercomputer “Sunway TaihuLight”. The list TOP500 is clearly dominated by supercomputers from China (171 machines, 34%) and the USA (171 machines, 34%). The fastest European supercomputer from Switzerland was ranked number 8.