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Adtech Global Plays Integral Role in Redefining Supercomputing Performance

Posted by Christa Collins on Tue, Nov 20, 2012


Alpharetta, GA - Adtech Global, AMD (NYSE: AMD) and the University of Frankfurt’s Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) have collaborated to deliver a new standard in power-efficient supercomputing with the SANAM supercomputer, securing a worldwide ranking of number two  on the latest Green500™ List. The supercomputer will be used to support FIAS’s efforts in quantum chromodynamics research.

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Supercomputer SANAM onsite in Saudi Arabia.

SANAM, a joint project of Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, also ranked number 51 in the world on the Top500 SuperComputer List, which evaluates computing based on total speed.

As an integral part of the high-speed cluster (HSC) project, provided technical research to identify a solution that would not only work for the high-speed cluster HSC application, but could also provide long-term development, modification, and enhancement opportunities.  Adtech Global’s experience in high-end, custom computing systems allowed the company to deliver engineering expertise to design the supercomputer; as well as the global infrastructure to single source the product development, which eliminated the need to manage multiple parties in the supply chain.  

"We focused on utilizing technologies which would provide the ability to continuously improve performance, lower costs and reduce power consumption in the future," said Rick Rozalsky, Vice President of Global Business Development at Adtech Global. "We knew at the outset that the SANAM supercomputer we worked on with University of Frankfurt and AMD was going to be special, but knowing is one thing and seeing is another. We have worked on many high-end, custom solutions; however, it is always exciting to flip the switch and witness the incredible performance of today's supercomputers. The performance-per-watt capability of this system is simply amazing."

As part of Adtech Global’s role, the company selected ASUS as the server platform for the project in order to deliver the latest technology and pave the way for future modifications and enhancements.  Additionally, Mellanox was used to provide InfiniBand architecture, a high-bandwidth interconnect used for high-performance computing.

The SANAM supercomputer is shifting the industry mindset of determining performance through FLOPS to focusing on eco-conscious measurements like performance-per-watt.  The unit redefines supercomputing with its incredible power efficiency, as it is capable of sustaining 420 TFLOPS providing a system energy efficiency of over 2.3 GFLOPS per watt, and performing 2,351 million calculations per second per watt.  In addition to earning second on the Green500 List, and 52nd for the most powerful computer, the SANAM supercomputer can also claim the performance crown as the most powerful and energy-efficient supercomputer powered primarily by graphics processors.

AMD introduced new reliability features that allowed the SANAM supercomputer to perform 3.6 quintillion double-precision operations during its Green500 run, further demonstrating how leading-edge supercomputing can be achieved through green technology. Moreover, AMD is solidifying its commitment to the future of the high performance computing (HPC) industry by announcing four emerging software tools that enable developers to use familiar programming methods to leverage AMD discrete graphics processing unit (GPU) and accelerated processing unit (APU) technologies.

"There is a massive shift in the HPC industry from defining supercomputing performance in terms of FLOPS to performance-per-watt and developing environmentally responsible technologies," said John Gustafson, senior fellow and chief product architect, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. “The SANAM supercomputer, equipped with AMD FirePro S10000 GPUs based on our Graphics Core Next Architecture, consumes a mere 180 kilowatts of power while running, which is incredibly low for a supercomputer. With solutions like the FirePro S10000 along with innovative software from AMD and technology partners like AccelerEyes, CAPS Entreprise and PGI we enable institutions engaged in cutting-edge research, like the University’s work in quantum chromodynamics, to achieve massive compute performance and processor density, while staying within their power budget.”

Adtech Global , AMD, and FIAS continue to leverage their combined global computing research capabilities to leverage this project and power the next breakthrough in scientific research.

Below are the specifics of the awards:

Green500 List:





Total Power



King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology

SANAM - Adtech ESC4000/FDR G2, Xeon E5-2650 8C 2.000GHz, Infiniband FDR, AMD FirePro S10000







Top500 SuperComputing List:





Rmax (TFlop/s)

Rpeak (TFlop/s)

Power (kW)


King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
Saudi Arabia

SANAM - Adtech, ASUS ESC4000/FDR G2, Xeon E5-2650 8C 2.000GHz, Infiniband FDR, AMD FirePro S10000





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