Eurora supercomputer sets data efficiency record

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Nvidia is celebrating after Italy’s “Eurora” supercomputer, which uses Nvidia Tesla GPU accelerators based on Nvidia Kepler, set a new record for data centre energy efficiency.

Eurora was built by Eurotech at the Cineca facility in Bologna, Italy.  It is the country’s most powerful supercomputing centre and has reached 3,150 megaflops per watt of sustained performance which is 26 per cent higher than the top system on the most recent Green500 list of the world’s most efficient supercomputers. According to an Nvidia spokesman Eurora achieved the record-breaking achievement by combining 128 high-performance, energy-efficient NVIDIA Tesla K20 accelerators with the Eurotech Aurora Tigon supercomputer.

This features Aurora Hot Water Cooling technology, which uses direct hot water cooling on all electronic and electrical components of the HPC system. Eurora is being used by boffins for research and discovery across a range of scientific disciplines, including material science, astrophysics, life sciences and Earth sciences.

Sanzio Bassini, director of HPC department at Cineca said that the advanced computer simulations that enable scientists to discover new phenomena and test hypotheses require massive amounts of performance, which can consume a lot of power.

“Equipped with the ultra-efficient Aurora system and Nvidia GPU accelerators, Eurora will give European researchers the computing muscle to study all types of physical and biological systems, while allowing us to keep data center power consumption and costs in check,” Bassini said.

Pairing Nvidia Tesla K20 GPUs with Eurotech’s Aurora Hot Water Cooling technology, the Eurora system is more efficient and compact than conventional air-cooled solutions. Eurora is a prototype system developed for Cineca under the PRACE 2IP initiative to provide a sustainable, high-quality infrastructure to meet the most demanding needs of the European HPC user community.

3 thoughts on “Eurora supercomputer sets data efficiency record

  1. Vorrei sapere come o dove posso scaricare o aggiornare i Driver della mia scheda video (Nvidia S3 Graphics ProSavage DDR) inviatemi link oppure spiegazioni dettagliate…
    Grazie in anticipo
    Gratis x favore…

  2. Ho scaricato il programma ntune dal sito della nvidia, ma ora come posso fare per overclocckare la mia scheda video senza rovinarla?? 10 punti a chi me lo spiegherà nel modo migliore.

  3. A quanto pare ho due schede video, una dell’intel (Grafica HD 3000 mi sembra) e una nvidia (GT540M 2GB).. dalle impostazioni predefinite ho dato il comando di far partire Call Of Duty con nvidia, ma quando ci gioco e dopo lo chiudo, noto che il computer usa ancora quella dell’intel!!
    Io non ne capisco niente di queste cose, sapete aiutarmi?

    Se avete anche voi usate COD e usate TEKNO cosa mi consigliate di usare?
    Grazie
    Ho sistemato, avevo sbagliato a selezionare il programma: era impostato su quello di avvio di COD e non su COD stesso. :) grazie
    comunque ho un asus X53S.

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