Deployment of new MPG supercomputer Raven

April 29, 2021

A first part of the new high-performance computing system Raven with 720 compute nodes based on the brand new Intel Xeon IceLake-SP processor has been made availlable for users on April 29, replacing the interim system which has been operational since September 2020.

The most recent supercomputer of the Max Planck Society, Raven, was installed at MPCDF in September 2020 and is now getting upgraded in two phases during the first half of 2021. The initial configuration served as an interim system and comprised 516 compute nodes based on the Intel Xeon CascadeLake-AP processor. 

End of April 2021 the interim system was decommissioned to make way for the first part of the final system, comprising 720 compute nodes with the new IceLake-SP CPU which have been made available for the users on April 29.

By the end of June 2021, the machine will finally comprise more than 1400 compute nodes with the new Intel Xeon IceLake-SP processor (Platinum 8360Y with 72 cores per node). In addition, Raven will provide 192 GPU-accelerated compute nodes, each with 4 Nvidia A100 GPUs (4 x 40 GB HBM2 memory per node and Nvlink 3). More details about Raven can be found on the MPCDF webpage and in a recent Bits & Bytes article. Raven users are referred to the technical documentation.

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