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DEEP - Dynamical Exascale Entry Platform - Prototype System

DEEP SystemThe DEEP system with Booster (right, with blue wiring) and Cluster (left, silver rack)
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DEEP is an Exascale project funded by the EU 7th framework programme, which ended in August 2015. The main goal was to develop a novel, Exascale-enabling supercomputing platform. For detailed information about the DEEP project refer to the DEEP project web pages at


Hardware Characteristics
  • Cluster Part

    • 1 Rack with 8 backplanes x 16 nodes (total 128)
    • Nodes: 2 x Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2680, 32 GB RAM
    • Processors: 256 x Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2680 (2048 cores)
    • Overall peak performance: 45 Teraflops
    • Main memory: 4 TB (aggregate)
    • Network:

      • 1 Gigabit-Ethernet
      • Infiniband (QDR)
      • Three-dimensonal torus (FPGA based)
    • Power consumption: 50 kW (aggregate)
    • Operating system: CentOS 6.3
    • Vendor: Eurotech

  • Booster Part

    • 1 rack with 24 (half) backplanes in 12 chassis
    • 24 x Booster Interface Cards (BIC)
    • 16 x 2 booster nodes (BNs) per chassis (384 total)
    • Processor: Intel Xeon Phi 7120X
    • Main memory: 6.1 TB (aggregate)
    • overall peak performance: 500 Teraflops
    • Network: Gigabit-Ethernet, Three-dimensional EXTOLL torus
    • Power consumption: max. 150 kW
    • Operating system: Linux
    • Vendor: Eurotech
  • Green Ice Booster (separate booster component)

    • Vendor: UniHD/Megware
    • 1 cube with 32 Booster Nodes (BNs)
    • Processor: Intel Xeon Phi 7120D
    • Main Memory: 512 GB (aggregate)
    • Overall peak perpfrormance: 38.4 Teraflops
    • Network: Three-dimensional EXTOLL torus
    • Power consumption: 10 kW
    • Operatingsystem: Linux

  • Login/Master and File System Nodes

    • 8 x DELL R520

      • Processortype: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2403
      • Processors: 1 (4 cores)
      • Main memory: 32 GB
      • Disk capacity for local scratch file system: 90 TB
      • Operating system: CentOS 6.3
    • File systems

      • GPFS file systems from JUST ($HOME, $ARCH)
      • Fraunhofer File System from local storage ($WORK)

    • Internet address:









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