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Galaxy Technical Specifications

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Manufacturer: Cray Inc. (USA)
Model: XC30 Series Supercomputer
Compute Processors: Intel Xeon E5-2690v2 ‘Ivy Bridge’ (10-core, 3.00 GHz), Intel Xeon E5-2690 (8-core, 2.6 GHz)
Computing Power: 200 TeraFLOPS
GPU Processors: NVIDIA K20X ‘Kepler’, 64 nodes with Intel Xeon E5-2690 host processors
Memory: 31.55 Terabytes (64 Gigabytes of DDR3-1866 per compute node, 32 Gigabytes of DDR3-1866 per GPU node)
Interconnect: Cray Aries interconnect
Network Topology: Cray Dragonfly
Weight: 1.7 tonnes/ cabinet
Power consumption: Circa. 50 kW/ cabinet
Local storage: Sonnexion 1600 Data Storage System – 1.3 Petabytes Lustre

Interesting facts

  • The local storage system in Galaxy has the same capacity as 6400 DVDs.
  • Galaxy is dedicated to radio-astronomy research, including processing data from SKA pathfinder projects.
  • The cabinet artwork on Galaxy, ‘Rainbow Serpent and Moon’ by Jesse Pickett, is an homage to the Centre’s close connection to the north-west of Western Australia. It has been designed to reflect ‘the sky above’, in reference to radio-astronomy, one of the areas of science iVEC supports most closely.