Hawk to Replace Hazel Hen

13 November 2018

The High-Performance Computing Center of the University of Stuttgart (HLRS) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), the number one market leader in high-performance computing (HPC), today announced a joint collaboration to build and deliver for HLRS a next-generation supercomputer, 3.5 times faster than its current system. The upcoming system, which HLRS has named Hawk, will be the world’s fastest supercomputer for industrial production, powering computational engineering and research across science and industrial fields to advance applications in energy, climate, mobility, and health.

Hawk, based on HPE’s next-generation high-performance computing (HPC) platform running a next generation AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) EPYC™ processor code named Rome, will have a theoretical peak performance of 24 petaFLOPs, and consist of a 5,000-node cluster.

“We are excited that Hawk constitutes a sizable increase in the performance of our flagship supercomputing system,” said Prof. Dr. Michael M. Resch, Director of HLRS. “But the real winners will be our user community of computational engineers in academic research and industry who will benefit from the ability to run much more complex simulations.”

Construction of Hawk is projected to cost €38 million. Funding will be provided under the auspices of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS), the alliance of Germany's three national supercomputing centers. Half of this funding will be provided by the State of Baden-Württemberg's Ministry of Science, Research and Art, and the second half supplied by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Representatives of the University of Stuttgart and Hewlett Packard Enterprise celebrated the contract signing for Hawk on November 30. Left to right: Aron Precht (VP Sales, DACH & Russia, Hewlett Packard Enterprise), Michael M. Resch (Director, HLRS), Jan Gerken (Chancellor, University of Stuttgart), and Heiko Meyer (General Manager und Vice President, Enterprise Group, Hewlett-Packard GmbH). (Photo: HLRS) 

“To keep our science and economy at the leading edge of international competition, we are making strong investments in a first-class IT infrastructure for high-performance computing,” said Theresia Bauer, science minister of Baden-Württemberg. “Cutting-edge research is unthinkable today without simulation and HPC, and is the foundation for innovative products and processes that constitute key areas of our economy. With Hawk, scientists from all research disciplines will be able to undertake new kinds of scientific investigation that are essential for addressing some of our greatest problems as a society.”

Building on the recent rollout of next-generation supercomputers at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) and Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) — HLRS's partners in GCS — the new HLRS HPC system constitutes the next step in Germany’s strategy to move toward exascale computing. The use of next generation AMD EPYC processors will complement the use of competing processors at the other two GCS centers, supporting GCS’s goal of offering its users a diverse set of computing architectures. Moreover, these AMD EPYC processors utilize a memory subsystem that makes them particularly well suited for efficiently running applications used for simulation in fields such as computational fluid dynamics, molecular dynamics, and other research areas in which HLRS's users are engaged. Providing such a powerful tool will open new opportunities for innovation in these and other fields.

“As part of our strong collaboration with HLRS, we are supplying brand new, state-of-the-art HPC technologies to design and power its supercomputer that meets specific research needs and accelerates the path to exascale,” said Bill Mannel, vice president and general manager, HPC and AI, HPE. “Our next-generation, purpose-built HPC system is dramatically increasing speed and performance for Hawk, advancing research and accelerating innovation for future science and industrial applications.”

In addition to HPE addressing new hardware design for HLRS, the contract between HLRS and HPE specifies a four-year collaboration focusing on user application, technical support, and enabling data analytics and machine learning. This joint effort also supports HLRS's mission to empower researchers in the coming years in basic and applied science, scaling their applications to the increasingly massive parallel supercomputing systems currently on the horizon.

“We are thrilled to partner with HPE to power the future HLRS Hawk supercomputer,” said Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Datacenter and Embedded Systems Group. “AMD has a rich history in high performance computing and the EPYC processors excel in leadership floating point performance. This means better and faster outcomes by researchers using the Hawk supercomputer on HPC workloads like simulation, computational fluid dynamics and machine learning.”

Christopher Williams, Nahren Khizeran, and Aaron Grabein