TechWorld: HP and Intel are planning to build a new supercomputer for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that will be one of the world’s most energy efficient. At its peak, the supercomputer will offer performance over 1 Petaflop (one thousand trillion floating point operations per second), making it the world’s largest system dedicated to renewable energy and energy efficiency research.
The new supercomputer will include Intel’s 32nm Xeon E5 processors, 22nm Ivy Bridge processors and Xeon Phi co-processors, all housed in HP ProLiant Gen 8 servers. In order to maximize energy efficiency, the system will use warm water liquid cooling technology, helping it achieve a projected 1.06 PUE rating. “At NREL, we have taken a holistic approach to sustainable computing,” said the NREL’s Steve Hammond. “This new system will allow NREL to increase our computational capabilities while being mindful of energy and water used.”