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«SKIF Ural» HPC Cluster

SKIF Ural Cluster

TOP500 Rating

TOP500 is the list of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. The project started in 1993 and publishes an updated list of supercomputers twice a year. This project aims to provide a sound basis for identifying and tracking trends in high performance computing. 

The computing cluster SKIF Ural with a performance of 12.2 trillion operations per second took 282 lines in the 31st edition of the TOP 500 rating (June 2008).

Top 50 Rating

To help correctly navigate the world of high-performance computing systems and be able to quickly track the development trends of this area, the Interagency Supercomputer Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Scientific Research Computing Center of the Moscow State University named after MV Lomonosov in May 2004, with the support of the Russian company T-Platforms, launched a joint project on the formation of the list of 50 most powerful CIS computers TOP50. The list includes 50 computer systems installed in the CIS and showed the highest productivity on the Linpack test by the time the list was published.

The supercomputer «SKIF Ural» took the following positions in TOP50:

Editorial Rating Position
27.03.2008 4
23.09.2008 8
31.03.2009 10
22.09.2009 10
30.03.2010 15
21.09.2010 20
29.03.2011 25
20.09.2011 33
27.03.2012 42
18.09.2012 45
02.04.2013 50

Technical features

Number of blades of blade-system/processors/kernels: 166/332/1328
Type of processor: Intel Xeon E5472 (4 cores with 3.0 GHz)
RAM: 1.33 TB
Disk memory: 49.29 TB
Peak performance: 16 TFlops
Performance on LINPACK test: 12.2 TFlops

There is an opportunity to split systems into independent computing sections, isolated from each other. Means of data security from unauthorized access, hardware means of monitoring and system control are switched on.

Supplementary equipment

  • System network: InfiniBand for providing simultaneous work of computing units (20 Gbit/s, maximum delay 2 µs)

  • Auxiliary network: Gigabit Ethernet for connection between controlling and computing units.

  • Service network: SKIF ServNet

  • Uninterruptible power supply: supplies functioning of computing cluster for 10 minutes in case of main feeding APC Symmetra 160 kVA shutdown

  • Climatic system for maintenance of regular optimal climatic rate of complex equipment within the range of outboard air temperature from –40 °C to +40 °C

  • System of data storage: Panasas ActiveStorage 5100 (20 TB)