MARCONI is the new Tier-0 system, co-designed by CINECA and based on the Lenovo NeXtScale platform, that substitutes the former IBM BG/Q system (FERMI).
MARCONI, based on the next-generation of the Intel® Xeon Phi™ product family alongside with Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v4 product family, offers the scientific community a technologically advanced and energy-efficient high performance computing system.
The new system will gradually be completed in about 12 months, between April 2016 and July 2017, according to a plan based on a series of updates:
This supercomputer takes advantage of the new Intel® Omni-Path Architecture, which provides the high performance interconnectivity required to efficiently scale the system’s thousands of servers. A high-performance Lenovo GSS storage subsystem, that integrates the IBM Spectrum Scale™ (GPFS) file system, is connected to the Intel Omni-Path Fabric and provides data storage capacity.
(see here the full press release).
Model: Lenovo NeXtScale
Architecture: Intel OmniPath Cluster
Processors: 2 x 18-cores Intel Xeon E5-2697 v4 (Broadwell) at 2.30 GHz
Cores: 36 cores/node, 54.432 cores in total
RAM: 128 GB/node, 3.5 GB/core
Internal Network: Intel OmniPath
Disk Space: 17PB (raw) of local storage
Peak Performance: 2 PFlop/s