Rutgers’ new supercomputer, which is named “Caliburn,” is the most powerful system in the state. It was built with a $10 million award to the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2) from the New Jersey Higher Education Leasing Fund. The lead contractor is HighPoint Solutions of Bridgewater, N.J., which was chosen as the lead contractor after a competitive bidding process. The system integrator is Super Micro Computer Inc. of San Jose, Calif.

Manish Parashar founding director of RDIand Ivan Rodero, RDI2’s associate director of technical operations, designed the system with a unique architecture and capabilities. It is based on a new network interconnect developed by Intel (Omni-Path) and it is among the first clusters to use the Intel Omni-Path fabric and the latest Intel processors.

Along with users at Rutgers, the system will be accessible to researchers at other New Jersey universities and industry users. RDI2 will work with the New Jersey Big Data Alliance, which was founded by Rutgers and seven other universities in the state, to build an industry users program. The capabilities of this new system will establish New Jersey's reputation in advanced computing and benefit a broad spectrum of industry sectors and academic disciplines.

The SuperMicro system is based on FatTwin SuperServer solution. It has 560 nodes with the following configuration:

  • Two Intel Xeon E5-2695v4 (Broadwell) processors
  • 256 gigabytes (GB) of RAM
  • 400 GB of Intel NVMe

Overall, the system has 20,160 cores, 140 TB of RAM memory and 218 TB of non-volatile memory. 

The HPL performance of Caliburn is 603 TFlops with a peak performance of 677 TFlops. Caliburn is ranked #166 worldwide in the Top500 list of June 2016.

Acces to Caliburn is expected in Fall'2016.