Janus: A Co-designed Facility and Supercomputer

Henry M. Tufo, Michael K. Patterson, Michael Oberg, Matthew Woitaszek, Guy Cobb, Robert Strong, Jim Gutowski. Janus: A Co-designed Facility and Supercomputer. In SC'11: the 2011 ACM/IEEE International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, Seattle, Washington, USA, November 2011.

The design and procurement of supercomputers may require months, but the construction of a facility to house a supercomputer can extend to years. This paper describes the design and construction of a Top-50 supercomputer system and a fully-customized pre-fabricated facility to house it. The use of a co-design process reduced the time from conception to delivery to three months, commensurate with the amount of time it currently takes to deliver the computer system alone. Moreover, the facility was designed to provide efficient datacenter space for a 15-year lifespan. The design targets an expected yearly average power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.2, with a measured PUE of 1.1 to date. Leveraging the rapid deployment technologies in use by industry allowed the procurement of the complete environment, including the facility and the resource, in significantly less time than a machine room renovation and years less than a new building.

@inproceedings{201111-sc2011-janus,
      Address = {Seattle, Washington, USA},
      Author = {Tufo, Henry M. and Patterson, Michael K. and Oberg, Michael and Woitaszek, Matthew and Cobb, Guy and Strong, Robert and Gutowski, Jim},
      Booktitle = {SC'11: the 2011 ACM/IEEE International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis},
      Month = {November},
      Title = {Janus: A Co-designed Facility and Supercomputer},
      Year = {2011}}