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Cluster Computer JURECA

Jülich Research on Exascale Cluster Architectures

JURECA is a cluster computer developed by Forschungszentrum Jülich together with the Russian manufacturer T-Platforms and the HPC software and support company ParTec. With a computing power of 2.2 quadrillion operations per second, the successor of JUROPA is of the highest performance class currently available: the petaflop class. The computer was put into operation in early November 2015.

Analysis of large volumes of data

Its name, JURECA, is short for Jülich Research on Exascale Cluster Architectures. The system is an all-rounder: its fields of application include life sciences, earth system sciences, information technology, materials research, as well as medicine, in which the computer will be used for developing and testing new active substances. One major task will be the analysis of large volumes of data for brain research as well as many other research fields in which big data will play an ever increasing role.

Less electricity requirement - higher performance

In comparison with its predecessor JUROPA, JURECA requires one third less electricity while simultaneously its computing power is ten times higher. As a "Cluster computer", JURECA consists of approximately 1,900 individual computers connected to each other via a Mellanox InfiniBand high-speed network. The hardware is accommodated in 34 water-cooled racks in JSC's computer room. For particularly memory- and compute-intensive simulation calculations, there is additional equipment available: for example, specialized nodes which are equipped with NVIDIA's K80 accelerator card to increase computing speed.

Computing time allocated by independent experts

Use of JURECA is basically open to all qualified scientists. Applications for computation time are evaluated by an independent panel of international experts who comply with the standards of the German Research Foundation. The allocation procedure is supervised by the John von Neumann Institute for Computing and the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA), a cooperation between Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University as part of the German Excellence Initiative.

Supercomputer JURECASupercomputer JURECA
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Video: Installation of JURECA

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Further information

Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC)
Further information on JURECA (JSC)
John von Neumann Institute for Computing (NIC)
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