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University of Minnesota: Driven to Discover with HPC

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University of Minnesota: Driven to Discover with HPC

Case Study: Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 and 7500 series

University of Minnesota fuels breakthrough research by building two new HPC clusters with Intel® processors.

For more than 25 years, the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute for Advanced Computational Research (MSI) has provided high-performance computing (HPC) resources for researchers in a broad range of academic fields. When it was time to refresh its HPC resources, MSI selected systems based on Intel® Xeon® processors. The 8,688-core “Itasca” cluster uses the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series to deliver twice the performance of previous-generation Intel processors while controlling power and cooling. The Intel Xeon processor 7500 series provides the foundation for the 1,152-core shared-memory “Koronis” cluster, which will help solve complex problems in the life sciences.

Challenges
• Improve performance. Enable researchers in a range of fields to solve more complex problems than before by providing access to larger-scale clusters with outstanding processing compute performance and memory bandwidth.
• Maximize energy efficiency. Select an energy-efficient hardware platform that will enable MSI to build large clusters without significantly increasing power or cooling.

Solution
• HPC clusters based on Intel Xeon processors. The 8,688-core Itasca cluster uses the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series, while the 1,152 core, 3.1 TB shared-memory Koronis cluster uses the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series. Intel® Software Development Products help researchers optimize code for the new clusters.

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