Intel® Xeon® Processor 7500 Series Puts the “P” in HPC for AREVA, DuPont, and Nomura Research Institute

itc_cs_nomuraeng_xeon_carousel_preview.jpgWhen it comes to adding the processing performance critical HPC computing applications demand, companies worldwide are turning to the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series.

Consider, for example, French company AREVA, a leader in the energy sector. AREVA has experimented with a new computational method for the upper internals of nuclear reactors. ESI’s SYSTUS* solvers, running on servers with the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series, can simulate models of nuclear components 10 times larger and four times faster than AREVA’s previous systems, with greater precision.

“Some high-performance computing (HPC) workloads rely on large data sets and complex calculations that are not easily distributed across large numbers of smaller servers,” explained Laurent Duhem, software engineer for HPC at Intel. “Intel Xeon processor 7500 series-based servers and their large shared memory capabilities are ideal for these demanding applications. This super HPC node delivers the necessary compute power, large memory capacity and memory bandwidth performance to solve big science faster.”

DuPont, one of the world’s premier science companies, also chose the powerful processor. It wanted to provide the company’s scientists with the power and flexibility of cloud-enhanced computing for its scientific application portfolio, choosing the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series as the foundation of its science HPC cloud. Now the processor’s performance, memory capacity, and virtualization capabilities are providing up to a 20x speed-up for critical applications compared to DuPont’s legacy systems. This enhanced capability helps DuPont to create a more dynamic research environment which, in the words of Tim Mueller, CIO for CR&D, “is transformational.”

Andd then there's Japan’s Nomura Research Institute, Ltd., a leader in the financial services industry. The company needed to deal with processing capacity limitations of its existing servers to cope with a rapid increase in transaction volume, implementing a platform with excellent expandability that would be able to deliver HPC reliably over the long term.

After adding four-way server with Intel Xeon processor 7500 series, the company now has performance that can scale linearly as additional processors are added. Nomura is also expecting major cost reductions and a greater choice of platforms for its mission-critical applications.

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