zBox4 HPC cluster 24 hours build

The zBox4 is the latest upgrade to the zBox supercomputer, located in the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. The zBox features a custom rack design that houses 3072 2.2GHz Intel Xeon cores and over 12TB of RAM. Each node is connected to a high speed Infiniband network, that enables researchers to perform cutting edge parallel N-body simulations of galaxy, star, and planet formation.

The system has 192 of Super Micro’s X9DRT-IBQF motherboards, which have on-board QDR InfiniBand ports, mounted on platters. Fitted with eight-core E5-2660 processor, which is the fastest 95 watt part with eight cores and which delivers 140.8 gigaflops of peak performance at double precision. Each node was configured with 64GB of main memory and a 128GB Vertex 4 flash-based SSDfor a total of 12.3 TB of main memory and 24.6 TB of flash storage.

All of the nodes run Scientific Linux 6.3 and are connected to an existing homegrown Lustre file system with 684TB of capacity that has support for 10 Gigabit Ethernet or QDR InfiniBand links .

Here a short video of the buid:

Read more on http://www.zbox4.com/ and The Register

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