PARADOX-IV cluster represents the fourth major upgrade of the PARADOX cluster and became operational during September 2013. The cluster consists of 106 working nodes and 3 service nodes. Working nodes (HP ProLiant SL250s Gen8, 2U height) are configured with two Intel Xeon E5-2670 8-core Sandy Bridge processors, at a frequency of 2.6 GHz and 32 GB of RAM (2 GB per CPU-core). The total number of new processor-cores in the cluster is 1696. Each working node contains an additional GP-GPU card (NVIDIA Tesla M2090) with 6 GB of RAM. With a total of 106 NVIDIA Tesla M2090 graphics cards, PARADOX is a premier computer resource in the wider region, which provides access to a large production GPU cluster and new technology. The peak computing power of PARADOX is 105 TFlops. Other technical information is provided in the table below.
One service node (HP DL380p Gen8), equipped with an uplink of 10 Gbps, is dedicated to cluster management and user access (gateway machine). All cluster nodes are interconnected via Infiniband QDR technology, through a non-blocking 144-port Mellanox QDR Infiniband switch. The communication speed of all nodes is 40 Gbps in both directions, which is a qualitative step forward over the previous (Gigabit Ethernet) PARADOX installation. The administration of the cluster is enabled by an independent network connection through the iLO (Integrated Lights-Out) interface integrated on motherboards of all nodes.
PARADOX cluster is installed in four water-cooled racks. The cooling system consists of 4 cooling modules (one within each rack), which are connected via a system of pipes with a large industrial chiller and configured so as to minimize power consumption.