Deployment of new MPG supercomputer Raven

June 14, 2021

The deployment of the new high-performance computing system Raven has been completed. Users from the Max Planck Society have access to 1592 compute nodes based on the brand new Intel Xeon IceLake-SP processor, and  192 GPU compute nodes with 4 Nvidia A100 GPUs each.

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.

Updates:

  • May 22: a first set of 96 GPU-accelerated nodes with four Nvidia A100 GPUs each were opened for early access.
  • Jun 11: deployment of the second part of the system completed: 1592 CPU nodes, 768 GPU nodes

The machine now comprises 1592 compute nodes with the new Intel Xeon IceLake-SP processor (Platinum 8360Y with 72 cores per node). In addition, Raven provides 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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