Dell EMC Artemis 3 Supercomputer Powering University of Sydney Artificial Intelligence Research

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June 8, 2018

This week Dell EMC introduced its new Artemis 3 supercomputer, which will soon be put to use at the University of Sydney to power research and academic programs, notably those focused on artificial intelligence (AI) research under the university's UBTECH Sydney Artificial Intelligence Centre.  The university's system has an rPeak performance of 1 petaflops and an rMax of 700 teraflops, which will allow faster processing and analysis of data to expand research in ways not possible before.  Alongside AI research, the $2.3 million system will also study geophysics, cosmology, genomics, proteomics, and more.  As research evolves, more and more answers to problems are data driven, requiring ever more computing power.

“The University’s research continues to grow in computational intensity,” said Dr Jeremy Hammond, director, Strategic Ventures, The University of Sydney, Australia. “To stay ahead of the volume and velocity of data being generated by scientific instruments and sensors, researchers need high performance computing (HPC) technology to collect and process data faster, in real-time, or thanks to artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, with minimal human interaction.”

The Artemis 3 system builds on the success and capability of its Artemis 2 predecessor and its Dell EMC PowerEdge platform, but adds improved graphics processing ability with dedicated NVIDIA® Tesla® graphics processing units.  It is the most powerful computing platform Dell EMC has built to date, and features:

  • Built on the 14th generation PowerEdge HPC platform
  • 49 x PowerEdge C6420 nodes (2,352 x86 compute cores, and 9TB memory)
  • 27 x PowerEdge C4140 nodes (552,960 CUDA cores, and 69,120 Tensor Cores for AI training)
  • 700TB Lustre Storage
  • Intel Xeon® Scalable Processors
  • NVIDIA NVLink™ connected Tesla V100 GPUs

“As we’ve built up our capacity to operate and deliver high quality HPC, Dell EMC has become a trusted partner,” said Dr Hammond. “The company has supported us in our pursuit of becoming a renowned HPC centre and worked closely with our team to put together a supercomputer that meets our diverse needs.”

The university will use the system at all levels - from undergraduate to graduate - and its addition to the program will help the university to remain a global leader in research.

This article was based on a June 7, 2018 Dell EMC press release.

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