Energy for the future Intel®Xeon®processor E5 family supports international research into controlled nuclear fusion Company ITER is a worldwide project, started in 1985, to prove that nuclear fusion can be used to commercially generate electricity, with no carbon emissions or air pollution. The implemen- tation phase of ITER started in 2006 in Cadarache, France. The ‘broader approach’ agreement, signed between the European Union (EU) and Japan, is complementing ITER by conducting advanced research activities related to ITER and to its successor DEMO. Fusion for Energy is the European agency in charge of the implementation of both the ITER and the ‘broader approach’ agreements for the EU. Challenge Within the ‘broader approach’ agreement, the computational simulation center (CSC) based in Rokkasho, Japan, provides computing services for fusion scientists. CEA, a French govern- ment-funded technological research organization, was tasked with deploying the CSC’s high- performance computing system (HPC) to analyze experimental data and produce large-scale simulations of fusion plasmas. “We’re proud to be one of the first organizations to be able to take advantage of the next-generation Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family. It has the performance and scalability to deliver large-scale fusion simulations, while greater energy efficiency helps us reduce the total cost of ownership of the new ‘Helios’ HPC.” François Robin Project Director for IFERC-CSC, CEA Solution The supercomputer needed to be able to support modeling and simulation for the CSC. Hard- ware manufacturer Bull analyzed many different configurations to nail down the optimum system for performance and scalability. The new ‘Helios’ supercomputer consists of 4,410 Bullx* series B blades, running on 8,820 Intel® Xeon® processors E5 family – a total of 70,560 cores. It has a peak performance of 1.3 petaflops and will be active for five years from January 2012. th 1 ‘Helios’ is currently ranked 28 in the top 500 supercomputers in the world based on a run made at a time only half of the system was installed. Its position in the rankings is expected to improve significantly over the next six months. Benefits The Intel Xeon processor E5 family has the performance and scalability to crunch vast amounts of data, enabling international research teams to produce large-scale simulations of fusion plasmas. The findings of this research will help to better understand the behavior of plasma at extremely high temperatures, and to model new materials capable of supporting high radiation and hostile environments, thus enabling the fusion community to hone designs for future fusion reactors. Construction of ITER’s prototype reactor is already underway in the South of France and will be used to demonstrate the viability of fusion as a future energy source. The benefits of this are expected to be far reaching, since fusion offers an unlimited fuel supply with no carbon emissions or air pollution, while being intrinsically safe. ITER should provide 10 times more power than that required to heat the plasma. Find a solution that is right for your organization. Contact your Intel representative or visit Intel’s Business Success Stories for IT Read the full SUCCESS BRIEF Intel®Xeon®processor E5 family Government/Public Sector High-Performance Computing.