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Eurora Supercomputer Sets World Record for Energy Efficiency

31 January 2013

Italy’s  supercomputer Eurora which uses NVIDIA GPU accelerators, has set a new record for data center energy efficiency.

Eurora, built by Eurotech and deployed Wednesday at the Cineca facility in Bologna, Italy, the country’s most powerful supercomputing center, reached 3,150 megaflops per watt of sustained (Linpack) performance – a mark 26 percent higher than the top system on the most recent Green500 list of the world’s most efficient supercomputers.

Available to members of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) and major Italian research entities, Eurora will enable scientists to advance research and discovery across a range of scientific disciplines, including material science, astrophysics, life sciences and Earth sciences.

“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,” said Sanzio Bassini, director of HPC department at Cineca. “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.”