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Supermicro Scalable Liquid-Cooled Supercomputing Cluster Deployed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for COVID-19 Research
SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

-- Over 1,500 Nodes of TwinPro(TM)2U 4 Node Servers Support Advanced 
Computationally Intensive Workloads for Pioneering Experimentation and Analysis

Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMCI), a global leader in enterprise 
computing, storage, networking solutions, and green computing technology, today 
announced that it has deployed an additional cluster at Lawrence Livermore 
National Laboratory (LLNL) to augment existing computing capabilities available 
for national security and to help discover therapeutics for SARS-CoV-2, the 
virus that causes COVID-19. 

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Called the "Ruby" cluster, Supermicro's TwinPro 2U 4 node servers leverage 
advanced Second Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum processors with built-in AI 
acceleration and have 192 gigabytes (GB) of onboard memory. The cluster 
includes a total of almost 85,000 cores that reach an estimated six petaflops 
of peak performance. With over 1,500 nodes in 26 racks and 16 2U TwinPro 
servers in each rack (64 nodes), the racks are liquid-cooled using a 
direct-to-chip approach. These very dense racks, coupled with liquid cooling, 
enable a significantly smaller data center footprint and lower energy costs. 
Liquid cooling can provide up to 40-50% TCO savings by reducing air 
conditioning and cooling fan usage. Supermicro staged, tested, and orchestrated 
the rack-level integration and delivered complete plug-n-play systems to LLNL. 

"Supermicro's advanced TwinPro and Ultra 2U dual CPU servers were selected for 
their extreme density, support for large compute workloads, and the flexible 
server Building Block Solutions(R) approach so that LLNL could build exactly 
the best cluster configuration for their requirements," said Charles Liang, 
president, and CEO of Supermicro. "We recognize the importance of LLNL's work 
to support research on the devastating global pandemic and help to discover a 
vaccine for the COVID-19." 

Funded by the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Advanced 
Simulation and Computing Program, the Laboratory's Multi-programmatic and 
Institutional Computing (M&IC) program, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and 
Economic Security (CARES) Act, the supercomputing cluster will be used for 
unclassified programmatic work in support of NNSA's stockpile stewardship 
mission, LLNL open science, and the search for therapeutic drugs and designer 
antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

"Ruby provides a substantial computing resource in our open collaboration zone, 
which has experienced a heavy increase in demand due to an uptick in 
telecommuting and a growth in external collaborations," said Chris Clouse, 
acting program director for LLNL's ASC program. "A resource like Ruby provides 
a venue for leveraging expertise and tools in the open community for areas that 
are important to our programmatic missions." 

"The Ruby supercomputer will help drive tremendous advancements in scientific 
research and discovery across a range of disciplines, including COVID-19 
research," said Trish Damkroger, Intel vice president and general manager of 
high-performance computing at Intel. 

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high-efficiency server and storage technology is a premier provider of advanced 
server Building Block Solutions(R) for Enterprise Data Center, Cloud Computing, 
Artificial Intelligence, and Edge Computing Systems worldwide. Supermicro is 
committed to protecting the environment through its "We Keep IT Green(R)" 
initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, 
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