Cyfronet Zeus Achieves Top Performance with ScaleMP vSMP Foundation

Leading Polish supercomputing and networking center registers top performance for industry standard benchmarks and user applications

Cupertino, Calif. – April 9, 2012 – ScaleMP, a leading provider of virtualization solutions for high-end computing, and ACC Cyfronet AGH, announced today that the “Zeus-vSMP” system at the ACC Cyfronet Polish Supercomputing and Networking Center, is the largest vSMP Foundation virtual SMP in Europe to date, has demonstrated outstanding performance.

“It simply proves that by using vSMP Foundation, organizations worldwide can gain top performance by aggregating their x86 machines to a single virtual SMP for all types of research.” . Cyfronet deployed over 700 blades leveraging vSMP Foundation, allowing it to create virtual SMPs with up to 768 cores and 6 TB RAM.  This virtual SMP system uses Intel’s cost effective Xeon 5600 processor series and achieved the highest performance measured for a system with this processor in the following benchmarks:

  • Over 2.25 TB/s sustainable memory bandwidth as measured by the STREAM benchmark.  This result is the 3rd highest result ever recorded for all processors;
  • SPECint_rate_base2006 of 13600 as measured by the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) INT RATE benchmark.  This is the 3rd highest result for all processors;
  • SPECfp_rate_base2006 of 9800 as measured by the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) FP RATE benchmark.  This is the 5th highest result for all processors

In addition, the virtual SMP system at Cyfronet demonstrated excellent scaling for OpenMP research applications:

  • Over 75% efficiency at 756 cores for an OpenMP-based implementation of the LANCZOS algorithm for eigenvalues calculation, compared to a 128 core configuration;
  • Over 7 times higher performance for MHD3D magneto-hydrodynamic, compared to a 4-socket, 32 core, Intel Xeon 7500 processor series system.

“We purchased vSMP Foundation under the POWIEW project which addresses grand computing challenges in science and technology.  Now, thanks to vSMP Foundation we are able to offer more HPC capabilities to the Polish scientists’ community,” said Professor Kazimierz Wiatr, the director of the ACC Cyfronet AGH.  “Our users appreciate scalability and flexibility of configuration that our new machine features. At last, users can be exclusively provided with as many SMP resources as they needed.  The huge shared memory available by ‘Zeus SMP’ is also what users mostly urged for in the past.”

”It’s not often that a research organization demonstrates such stellar results,” said Shai Fultheim, ScaleMP’s Founder and CEO.  “It simply proves that by using vSMP Foundation, organizations worldwide can gain top performance by aggregating their x86 machines to a single virtual SMP for all types of research.”

About vSMP Foundation vSMP Foundation aggregates multiple industry-standard off-the-shelf x86 servers into a single virtual high-end system. vSMP Foundation provides customers with an alternative to traditional expensive symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP) systems and also offers simplified clustering infrastructure with a single operating system. It supports aggregation of up to 128 servers into a single virtual SMP system, providing customers with:

  • Up to 64 TB of shared memory for large memory requirements;
  • Up to a 1,024 processor (10,240 cores) virtual SMP, proven scalability and record-breaking memory bandwidth;
  • Ease of use and lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) for clusters coupled with simplified storage architecture;
  • On-demand SMP with support for most common provisioning systems, allowing for increased datacenter utilization with consolidated architecture;

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