JuRoPA system develops new supercomputers
Companies from Europe and the USA have joined forces with Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, to enter the future of high-performance cluster computing. With the Jülich Research on Petaflop Architectures (JuRoPA) system, a new cost-efficient performance class of supercomputers can be achieved and possible routes towards peta-scale general purpose computers can be explored. By ensuring a balance between the hardware and software component, communication between the high-performance processing units can be optimized.
The JuRoPA project intends to develop general purpose clusters based on INTEL processor technology, QUADRICS interconnect, PARTEC Cluster Software and IBM System x technology. Intel Xeon 5160 processors comprise the processing power of the JuRoPA system. According to Thomas Lippert, director of the Jülich Institute for Supercomputing, ‘Intel Dual-core processors were chosen in order to create an ideal balance between computer-power, memory bandwidth and energy consumption.’
To coordinate the interoperation of the computing capabilities of the compute-nodes
and the communication potential of the interconnect, the cluster operating system
ParaStation is used. Parastation has been jointly developed by Forschungszentrum
Jülich and the Munich-based company ParTec.
JuRoPA is part of Jülich’s ongoing strategy to explore emerging technologies that will pave the way towards a European Peta-scale supercomputer complex. ‘Our partnership with Jülich, Intel, IBM and ParTech marks a significant step in the development of commodity supercomputer systems,’ underlines Giovanni Trezza chairman of Quadrics. ‘We expect this alliance to deliver key components for general purpose peta-scale systems in Europe.’