The new supercomputer is powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
IBM has inaugurated a new supercomputer, SuperMUC, at Leibniz-Rechenzentrum (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in Garching, Germany.
The new supercomputer is powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and is used to solve difficult scientific questions in physics and fluid dynamics.
SuperMUC is a System X iDataPlex from IBM and is equipped with more than 155,000 processor cores, which deliver an aggregate peak performance of more than 3 Petaflops of computing.
IBM’s new supercomputer features warm-water cooling technology, reducing 40% energy consumption compared to traditional air-cooled machines. It also allows energy to be captured and reused to heat the buildings of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre Campus.
LRZ High-performance Systems head Herbert Huber said it uses frequency scaling, a Linux kernel function delivered with SUSE Linux Enterprise, which allows the campus to run applications at their optimal operating point.
"This means we use, wherever possible, newly developed energy efficiency mechanisms in Linux," Huber said.
The Leibniz-Rechenzentrum (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences on the research campus in Garching is the service provider in the field of information processing for the Munich universities.