High-Performance Computing with Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessor is a Competitive Differentiator Ohio Supercomputer Center

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At the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), an Intel® Xeon® processor-based system is delivering 1.5 times the performance at 60 percent of the power of the previous computing platform. Recognizing high-performance computing (HPC) as a strategic resource, the Ohio Board of Regents established OSC in 1987 to provide platforms and expertise for universities and industrial collaborators across the state. Its newest flagship supercomputer, powered by the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series with Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor, delivers 88 TF of peak performance and benefits education, economic progress, and research throughout Ohio. Based on actual benchmarked performance, the system is the 70th fastest and ninth most efficient academic supercomputer in the world, and the 17th fastest and second most efficient system among academic institutions in North America.

“Using the Intel® tools and collaborating with Intel and HP, we achieved just over 90 percent of the peak performance of the cluster, which made Oakley the world’s ninth most performance-efficient academic system and the second most performance-efficient academic system in North America based on the June 2012 TOP500 listing,” explained Kevin Wohlever, director of supercomputing operations for Ohio Supercomputer Center.

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