Hardware Overview


The Salomon cluster consists of 1008 computational nodes of which 576 are regular compute nodes and 432 accelerated nodes. Each node is a powerful x86-64 computer, equipped with 24 cores (two twelve-core Intel Xeon processors) and 128 GB RAM. The nodes are interlinked by high speed InfiniBand and Ethernet networks. All nodes share 0.5 PB /home NFS disk storage to store the user files. Users may use a DDN Lustre shared storage with capacity of 1.69 PB which is available for the scratch project data. The user access to the Salomon cluster is provided by four login nodes.

More about schematic representation of the Salomon cluster compute nodes IB topology.


The parameters are summarized in the following tables:

General Information

In general
Primary purpose High Performance Computing
Architecture of compute nodes x86-64
Operating system CentOS 6.x Linux
Compute nodes
Totally 1008
Processor 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2680v3, 2.5 GHz, 12 cores
RAM 128GB, 5.3 GB per core, DDR4@2133 MHz
Local disk drive no
Compute network / Topology InfiniBand FDR56 / 7D Enhanced hypercube
w/o accelerator 576
MIC accelerated 432
In total
Total theoretical peak performance (Rpeak) 2011 TFLOP/s
Total amount of RAM 129.024 TB

Compute Nodes

Node Count Processor Cores Memory Accelerator
w/o accelerator 576 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2680v3, 2.5 GHz 24 128 GB -
MIC accelerated 432 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2680v3, 2.5 GHz 24 128 GB 2 x Intel Xeon Phi 7120P, 61 cores, 16 GB RAM

For more details please refer to the Compute nodes.

Remote Visualization Nodes

For remote visualization two nodes with NICE DCV software are available each configured:

Node Count Processor Cores Memory GPU Accelerator
visualization 2 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2695v3, 2.3 GHz 28 512 GB NVIDIA QUADRO K5000, 4 GB RAM

SGI Uv 2000

For large memory computations a special SMP/NUMA SGI UV 2000 server is available:

Node Count Processor Cores Memory Extra HW
UV2000 1 14 x Intel Xeon E5-4627v2, 3.3 GHz, 8 cores 112 3328 GB DDR3@1866 MHz 2 x 400GB local SSD
1x NVIDIA GM200 (GeForce GTX TITAN X), 12 GB RAM