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Supercomputing Leaders Choose Adaptive Computing

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February 1, 2013

Adaptive Computing, a provider of High-Performance Computing (HPC) workload management software, announced two significant awards recently presented to Adaptive customers. Titan, the supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), was declared the world’s fastest in the latest semiannual TOP500 list, securing the No. 1 position. In addition, the Beacon system at the University of Tennessee National Institute for Computational Sciences was named No. 1 on the Green500 List.

Taking advantage of the new co-processor capabilities by combining GPUs, alongside conventional processors, Titan’s Cray XK7 system with 560,640 total cores was clocked at 17.59 Petaflop/s. Titan is used for a wide variety of scientific applications, including improving our understanding of climate change, developing more efficient fuels and allowing the commercial sector to utilize Titan’s supercomputing environment. ORNL uses Adaptive Computing’s Moab HPC Suite and TORQUE to prioritize jobs, and Moab gives them the flexibility to schedule jobs based on a variety of criteria, including user, project and resource utilization. They also find that Moab’s dynamic backfill capabilities reduce the need for manual job feeding.

“As an important resource of the Department of Energy, we are focused on answering the most pressing questions in science today,” noted Don Maxwell, HPC systems team lead at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “Keeping our utilization high is important as we produce results, and Adaptive Computing’s Moab technology gives us tremendous flexibility in allocating our resources according to our priorities.”

In addition to the TOP500 award, another Adaptive customer, the National Institute for Computational Sciences at the University of Tennessee received the top spot on the November 2012 Green500 List, recognizing its Beacon system which set a new standard for operational efficiency. Beacon was able to achieve a peak performance of 112,200 gigaflops while using just 44.89 kW of power.

“One of the hallmarks of being green is keeping energy consumption at a minimum while maintaining performance,” said Troy Baer, Senior HPC System administrator at the National Institute for Computational Sciences, University of Tennessee. “That means we need flexibility in scheduling, which makes Adaptive Computing’s Moab technology an indispensable tool for us.”

“At Adaptive, we’re committed to helping today’s Supercomputing leaders get the most from their HPC investments by maximizing efficient usage of resources,” said Robert Clyde, CEO of Adaptive Computing. “It’s an honor to work with some of the most cutting-edge and industry-recognized systems in the world to continue advancing the capabilities of HPC technology.”

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