Top500.org confirms that Université de Sherbrooke has Canada's most powerful supercomputer
Sherbrooke, le 22 juin 2005 – The 25th Edition of the TOP500 List of supercomputers (www.top500.org) confirmed today that Université de Sherbrooke now has the most powerful supercomputer in the country. Named Mammouth (Mammoth) after its high compute power and its huge memory, this machine brings Canada into the Club of the 10 countries having the most powerful supercomputers.
Research groups from Université de Sherbrooke and Université de Montréal, which are both members of to the Réseau québécois de calcul de haute performance consortium (RQCHP), are now able to run advanced numerical simulations in fields of Science such as Physics, Astrophysics, Chemistry, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Medicine, Fluid Dynamics, and many others.
Sherbrooke's Mammouth has a total of 2024 processors divided into two clusters which are able to do trillions of mathematical operations per second at a fraction only of the cost of traditional supercomputers. Mammouth uses the open source Linux operating system.
The first cluster is called Mammouth-Parallèle and is configured with 872 Dell PowerEdge 750 servers with Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz processors. It can perform a sustained rate of 6.888 TeraFlops, or 6888 billions of mathematical operations per second. This makes it 1st in Canada and 40th in the World according to the TOP500 list.
The second cluster is called Mammouth-Série and is configured with 576 Dell PowerEdge SC1425 servers with 64-bit Intel Xeon 3.6 GHz processors. It can perform a sustained rate of 3.064 TeraFlops, or 3064 billions of mathematical operations per second. This makes it 3rd in Canada and 114th in the World according to the TOP500 list.
“Sherbrooke has now become the only Canadian institution which owns two computers listed on the TOP500 list.” said Alain Veilleux, Manager of the Centre de Calcul Scientifique (www.ccs.usherbrooke.ca) for the Université de Sherbrooke.
A critical component of Mammouth's speed and performance comes from the high-speed, low-latency network it uses to distribute the calculations across the servers. It is configured with Extreme Networks Gigabit Ethernet switches and Topspin Communications 10 Gigabit InfiniBand switches for optimal performance. The core of the Infiniband network has the bandwidth of about 1 million high-speed home Internet connections.
The clusters will run on Red Hat Linux and provide users with 6.3 TeraBytes of memory and more than 200 TeraBytes of overall disk storage.
The 25th TOP500 List was introduced during the International Supercomputer Conference (ISC2005) in Heidelberg, Germany. The list is updated twice a year by an independent organism (www.top500.org).
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Gilles Pelloille, Information Officer
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Alain Veilleux, coordination, Université de Sherbrooke's Centre de
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David Sénéchal, co-scientific director
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André-Marie Tremblay, co-scientific director
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