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Cooperation with Uruguay on Poweraware High Performance Computing

Poweraware High Performance Computing

January 30, 2015

Mathematicians of the Computational Methods in Systems and Control Theory group at the Max Planck Institute Magdeburg will cooperate closely with the Computing Engineering Institute at the Universidad de la República Montevideo, Uruguay, in a project on poweraware high performance computing. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

GPU-boards installed in one of the compute servers of the Max Planck Institute Magdeburg. Zoom Image
GPU-boards installed in one of the compute servers of the Max Planck Institute Magdeburg.

The trend "faster, bigger and more powerful" that has been followed in the establishment of high performance computers over the past few decades has led to the fact, that the largest of those machines today basically require their own power plants. Over the recent years a new research direction has emerged that tries to overcome this problem. It is in its broadest sense part of the green computing branch that tries to minimize the annual costs of large computing facilities by lowering the energy consumption of the components used. Power-aware HPC goes one step further and tries to make energy-aware components from completely different fields accessible for HPC.

Read more (Press release in German).

 
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