Today, it is the fastest supercomputer available to Italian industrial and public research

Casalecchio di Reno, Italy -- 21/06/2011 - The new GPU supercomputer introduced by SuperComputing Solutions - SCS S.r.l - CINECA is the fastest supercomputer available to Italian industrial and public researchers today, ranked at the 54th position in the top500, the list of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.

This supercomputer will initially be used to optimize and develop applications targeted at hybrid architectures, leveraging software applications in the fields of computational fluid dynamics, material and life science, and geophysics. The computing system will also be made available to European researchers as a Tier-1 system of the PRACE infrastructure.

The PLX cluster is based on 274 IBM iDataPlex M3 server nodes, each with two NVIDIA Tesla M2070 GPUs, two Intel Westmere sockets and 48 GB of main memory. Another 10 IBM iDataPlex M3 server nodes come each with two NVIDIA Tesla M2070Q GPUs, addressing computational and remote visualization tasks. IBM DataPlex is a highly scalable system that can lower power, cooling and space requirements.

SCS S.r.l. is a Public-private partnership, created by CINECA for added value services and technology transfer activities in a range of industry segments that use HPC. SCS S.r.l connects the academic world, the pure research community, and the world of industry and Public Administration. It offers support to the research and development activities of the private and public researchers through supercomputing and its applications. SCS S.r.l collaborates with many Italian and International industries and also participates in EU funded projects that are part of the 7th Framework Programme.

CINECA, the largest supercomputing centre in Italy, represents Italy in the PRACE Research Infrastructure, and participates in the promotion, development and exploitation of advanced HPC technologies for research.

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"PLX is perfectly in line with ours nature of prime innovators and persistent presidia of innovative technology", said Mario Verratti, CEO of SCS S.r.l, "to provide opportunity for industries to experiments and access solutions supporting and enabling the products developments processes.


"PLX represents another effort to explore and make available a diversified offer to the Research community in terms of computational resources," said Sanzio Bassini, Director of CINECA Supercomputing Department. "Many-core architectures like GPUs are proving to be an interesting field of exploration in the race to new levels of performance within an affordable power envelope"


"GPU Computing is helping dramatically advance the pace of scientific research, and systems like this are critical for the development of the highly efficient and scalable software needed to solve the most challenging computational tasks," said Edmondo Orlotti at NVIDIA. "Through the use of Tesla GPUs, PLX is addressing these challenges not only in terms of performance, but also in power and efficiency."

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"CINECA and IBM complement each other ideally with a focus in developing compact systems with industry leading performance and energy efficiency," said Marco Briscolini, HPC Senior Sales Consultant, IBM Italy. "The IBM iDataPlex Cluster Solution equipped by dx360M3 nodes efficaciously integrates NVIDIA M2070 GPUs cards for achieving large computing capabilities in a single rack. PLX is able to provide 142TFLOPs on HPL (high Performance Linpack) benchmark and to rank position 54 in June'11 Top500 list. It is one of the most efficient systems in term of Mflops/Watt according to the June'11 Top500 green list".

About SuperComputing Solutions - SCS S.r.l.

SCS S.r.l. is a limited liability company, Public-private partnership between CINECA and private partners in Italy, for added value service and technology transfer activities in the domain of HPC. SCS is active since 2003 with an average yearly budget in excess of Euro 2 millions and a staff of about fifteen specialists highly skilled in the fields of engineering and computational physics.


CINECA is a non profit Consortium, made up of 50 Italian universities, The National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics - OGS, the CNR (National Research Council), and the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). It is the largest Italian computing centre, operating in the technological transfer sector through high performance computing, the management and development of networks and web based services, and the development of complex information systems for treating large amounts of data.

About IBM

For more information about IBM high performance computing and HPC cloud offerings, visit IBM website

NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) awakened the world to the power of computer graphics when it invented the GPU in 1999. Since then, it has consistently set new standards in visual computing with breathtaking, interactive graphics available on devices ranging from tablets and portable media players to notebooks and workstations. NVIDIA's expertise in programmable GPUs has led to breakthroughs in parallel processing which make supercomputing inexpensive and widely accessible. The Company holds more than 1,800 patents worldwide, including ones covering designs and insights that are essential to modern computing.

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