A look inside the fastest supercomputer in Europe
What is now the fastest supercomputer in Europe was recently unveiled at a research institute in Jülich, Germany. The computer, named Jugene, is capable of a massive one trillion computing operations per second.
Here are some facts about the Jugene supercomputer:
- Based on IBM’s Blue Gene/P architecture.
- Computing capacity: 1 petaflop/second.
- That equals the computing power of more than 50,000 PCs.
- 294,912 processor cores.
- Processor type: 32-bit PowerPC 450 at 850 MHz.
- 144 terabytes of RAM.
- Mounted in 72 racks.
- Network bandwidth: 5.1 gigabyte/second with a 160 nanosecond latency.
- Power input: 2.2 megawatts.
Wish we could get one of these for Pingdom. Couldn’t cost all that much, could it?
Packing those CPUs tightly together
Each of the Jugene’s 72 racks has 1024 compute nodes, where each node has 2 gigabyte of RAM (totaling 144 terabytes for the whole system). This is what the compute nodes look like and how they are packed together:
For those of you who really want to dive into the nitty-gritty tech specs regarding Jugene’s setup, here’s more info.
Looks like there was some cabling involved in the installation process. A LOT of it…
This is most definitely a bit more complicated than plugging in your home computer.
Source: The Jülich Supercomputing Centre.
Suggested further reading:
Ten of the coolest and most powerful supercomputers of all time