ASUS today announced that its ESC4000 G2S servers have powered their way to the top of the Green500 list of the world’s most energy-efficient supercomputers, as part of the L-CSC compute cluster constructed by the Darmstadt, Germany-based GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, in cooperation with the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS). The cluster will be used for theoretical physics simulations in the field of quantum chromodynamics.
Driven by 160 ASUS ESC4000 G2S supercomputer servers, 224 AMD FirePro S9150 dual-GPU modules, an array of 112 Intel Xeon E5-2690 v2 processors and 896 16GB 1.35v DDR3-1600 memory modules, the L-CSC cluster at GSI manages an performance-efficiency ratio of 5.27GFLOPs (5270MFLOPs) per watt — beating hundreds of other contenders to the pinnacle of the prestigious Green500 rankings.
Commenting on the achievement, ASUS General Manager of Server BU, Tom Lin, said: “ASUS has a long, trusted and proud standing in the high-performance computing (HPC) field. With the November 2014 Green500 list we have reached a new level, with the table-topping GSI project using ASUS ESC4000 G2S GPU servers. We’re proud to offer our customers solutions that deliver unparalleled performance and utmost energy efficiency. The GSI cluster delivers top-tier performance for critical HPC applications — and ASUS is pleased to be part of the project.”
Dr. Volker Lindenstruth, professor of Frankfurt’s Goethe University, head of IT department of GSI and chairman of Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, remarked: “Supercomputers are inevitable in today’s research. The scientific challenges require computers as fast as possible, but we have to keep power consumption and costs in mind, in order to use our available resources as good as possible.” The professor continued: “We’re excited to reach the number-one position in the Green500 list with the new L-CSC supercomputer and we thank AMD and ASUS for the excellent cooperation. The L-CSC supercomputer at GSI research facility featuring ASUS ESC4000 G2S servers and AMD FirePro GPUs provides.”
Extreme supercomputing power with extreme efficiency
The ASUS ESC4000 G2S is the enhanced version of the award-winning ESC4000 G2 product family. Based on the dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 processor platform and designed for use in environments that demand high-density GPU/coprocessor servers, ESC4000 G2S Series servers feature a highly-optimized thermal design that’s up to 20% more power efficient than the previous version and nine PCI Express® 3.0 (PCIe 3.0) x16 expansion slots.
The innovative design delivers high-density computing power, easy scalability and exceptional energy efficiency, making ESC4000 G2S series servers the ideal choice for applications in the HPC fields of life and medical sciences, engineering science, financial modeling, virtualization and digital content creation — and overall performance that’s up to 10% greater than previous models.
Supercomputing prowess supported by ASUS servers
ASUS worked closely with AMD, FIAS and GSI to support national-level scientific research. Founded in 1969, GSI is a research facility for heavy-ion research, including cancer therapy GSI’s compute cluster was designed and built in conjunction with FIAS, a research institute for physics, neuroscience, life science and computer science. This ASUS ESC4000 G2S-based supercomputing world-leader is relied on by researchers from around the world.
The ESC4000 G2S is available at ASUS authorized distributors.