Eurotech supercomputers are at number 1 and number 2 position in the June 2013 Green500 list,

Eurotech supercomputers are at number 1 and number 2 position in the June 2013 Green500 list, which rubber stamps years of R&D efforts in making our system energy efficient and delivering to our customer the highest performance at the lower TCO possible. 

 

Amaro (Italy) – June 28, 2013 – Eurotech, a leading provider of embedded and supercomputing technologies, scored both the first and second place of the Green 500, the ranking of the most energy efficient supercomputers in the world, with the Eurora supercomputer installed at CINECA and the Aurora Tigon supercomputer installed at the Finmeccanica company Selex ES, specialised in information technology and security. 


Eurora, the supercomputer of CINECA, entered in first place with 3210 MFlop/s per Watt, while the system of Selex ES, Aurora Tigon, was ranked 2nd with a value of 3180 MFlop/s per Watt. To give an idea of the importance of the result, the 3rd place of the Green500 is occupied by a system from the famous Cray with 2450 MFlop/s per Watt, which is a value 25% lower than that obtained from the computers produced by Eurotech. 

The Eurora prototype is intended to progress in the optimization of the energy efficient high performance computing system towards the deployment of exascale computing system with a total cost of ownership affordable and sustainable. 
Such a result was made possible by the combination of the energy aware Eurotech design and the high-performance efficiency of the NVIDIA® GPU-accelerators. The Eurora supercomputer ìs equipped, at each computing note, with two Intel Xeon E5-2687W CPUs and two NVIDIA® Tesla® K20 GPU accelerators based on the NVIDIA Kepler™ architecture. 

Built on a very similar architecture, the Aurora Tigon HPC system, the commercial version of Eurora, is used by Selex ES to accelerate computation of algorithms and application regarding cyber security. Recently, fields like IT security and surveillance have required growing computational power due to the complexity of modern networks and the sheer amount of data to analyse. 

Entering the Green 500 in top positions, Selex ES proves to have put energy efficiency as a rationale in their IT purchase decisions, looking to reduce operating costs. Thanks to savings in energy and space, solutions like the Aurora systems can reduce TCO (total cost of onwership) by an average of 30%-50%. Compared to a conventional air-cooled system, Aurora HPCs enable computing centers to save up to 50% on energy bills, while reducing space occupancy by 5 times due to higher density system configurations. 

“It’s a result that makes us proud and that rewards our efforts and our investments,” said Roberto Siagri, President and CEO of Eurotech S.p.A. “It’s a success that has been achieved in spite of a national system that has not shown up to now sufficient sensitivity to Italian supercomputing technologies.” 

“The paradox that we are living,” he added Siagri “is that with a ‘Brain in Italy’ approach Italian engineers has brought two machines in the top two positions of the Green500, but in the last two Italian public procurements for supercomputers the parameter of energy efficiency has been absent or only marginally considered. In Italy we complain that businesses invest little in research and innovation, but then the proof of facts is that even when companies invest and achieve excellent results are snubbed and the State, through its bodies, end up buying, in this context, products from non-Italian suppliers and less cutting-edge.” 

“Eurora, the machine installed at CINECA in Bologna, is the outcome of a European research project, and was built largely thanks to European funds. Moreover, thanks to Europe, which is funding the DEEP project, coordinated by the Juelich Research Centre in Germany, we are designing an innovative generation of supercomputers that aims to ExaFlops, i.e. to reach a billion billion operations per second. Europe has long pursued a policy of promotion of European supercomputing technologies, understanding that are critical for industrial competitiveness and thus for the future economic development of the European Union itself: for the years to come, planned spending on HPC exceed the one billion euro a year.” 

Eurotech contributes to add two liquid cooled systems to the top Green 500 positions, emphasizing the “green” flavour of it, since a technology like the Aurora direct hot liquid cooling adopted by CINECA and Selex ES, when compared to traditional air cooled supercomputers, not only increases the energy efficiency of HPC machines, but also allows to drastically cut air conditioning needs, reducing costs and carbon footprint. 

Speaking about “green” implications, the Eurora system of CINECA, when compared to an equivalent performance air cooled system, brings a reduction of more than 2,300 tons of CO2 emissions per rack in 5 years. In addition, the water heated up in the Aurora systems can be re-used to heat buildings, drive adsorption chillers for air conditioning or in industrial processes. The hot-liquid cooling and the compact design allow high density (350 TFlop/s per rack) and consequent savings in space, for a further reduction in the carbon footprint. 

Note: the DEEP project is funded by the European Commission, under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-ICT-2011-7, Integrated Project No. 287530).

Podcast: Eurotech Leverages Mfg Excellence for HPC Market

Podcast: Eurotech Leverages Mfg Excellence for HPC Market | insideHPC.com

” In this this podcast Giovanbattista (Giovanni) Mattiussi from Eurotechdiscusses the company’s push into the HPC market and their growing presence at the annual SC and ISC conferences. Widely known for their embedded manufacturing capabilities, Eurotech is receiving accolades for their high-density Aurora Intel-based clusters.
Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * Subscribe on other podcast players. If your IT Crowd blocks Dropbox, you can download the audio from this Google page. …. “

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PROSPECT – Creating a European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing

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“PROSPECT” is the “Promotion of Supercomputing Partnerships for European Competitiveness and Technology.” In this video PROSPECT members meet at the International Supercomputing Conference 2011 in Hamburg.

Speakers include (to be-reconfirmed):
Moderator: Dr S. Girona, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, Operations Director

Discussion Panel:
• Kostas Glinos, The European Commission
• Dr. G. Tecchiolli, Eurotech, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
• Mr. H. Falter, ParTec Cluster Competence Centre, Chief Operating Officer
• Prof. T. Lippert, Research Centre Jülich, Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS), Managing Director, also Prospect Executive Committee member
• Prof. A. Bode, Leibniz Research Centre, Managing Director, also Prospect Executive Committee member

Eurotech: € 4M order from Selex Elsag for AURORA HPC for cyber security applications

Eurotech: € 4M order from Selex Elsag for AURORA HPC for cyber security applications
Amaro (Italy), July 11th, 2011 – Eurotech, a leading company in embedded and supercomputing technologies, announces that it has received a € 4 million order from Selex Elsag for supply of a HPC (High-Performance Computing) system of the Aurora family. Delivery is scheduled to take place in some steps during the next 9 months.

Selex Elsag, strategic unit of the Finmeccanica group in the defence and security electronics segment, will employ Eurotech’s supercomputer in the emerging field of cyber security. For some years now use of HPCs outside the academic and scientific world has been growing and the ever-increasing digitalization of information also requires the security segment to process millions of data very fast, in just a few seconds. One of the most important requirements in the security segment – but also the most difficult to meet – is minimization of the impact of the time taken for checks on activities’ actual execution times, particularly in the case of financial transactions, or if it is necessary not to give any evidence that a certain activity is subject to massive cross-checks. Whence the emergence of the tangible need for supercomputers, able to perform the large number of checks required in an extremely short time.

In addition, modern methods for the identification of cyber crimes increasingly involve techniques featuring cross-analysis of data coming from several different sources – and these techniques further increase the computing capacity required.

“We are very pleased that Selex Elsag has chosen our supercomputer for a fast-expanding application like cyber security”, commented Roberto Siagri, Eurotech’s Chairman and CEO. “Right from the start, Aurora architecture has been conceived to be used effectively not only for scientific research but also in the industrial and services domains – and this order confirms the rightness of our vision”.

Eurotech Movie

Youtube Eurotech Channel


4:47 – Eurotech_Corporate.flv 03/08/2010

Eurotech is a leading international group active in the research, development and marketing of miniaturised computers (NanoPCs) and in high performance computers (HPC). The Group implements cutting-edge technologies to develop products to improve daily life, making it simpler, safer and more comfortable.
The company’s headquarters are located in Amaro (Italy), with offices in Kansas City (Kansas, USA), Columbia (Maryland, USA), Salt Lake City (Utah, USA), Cambridge (UK), Paris (France), Lyon (France), Helsinki (Finland), Varese (Italy), Trento (Italy), Bratislava (Slovakia), Singapore, Bangalore (India), Tokyo and Okayama (Japan).


3:32″ – Eurotech_2006_Movie.wmv -> flv 03/08/2010
Eurotech is a leader in the embedded and pervasive computing field, delivering superior technological solutions that are changing how computers are used in Industrial, Medical, Transportation and Defense.


1:24″ Eth_Innovation.flv

Eurotech is a leading international group active in the reasearch, development and marketing of miniaturised computers (NanoPCs) and in high performance computers (HPC). The Group implements cutting-edge technologies to develops products to improve daily life, making it simpler, safer and more comfortable.

Eurotech: Roberto Siagri – letter to shareholders

Dear Shareholders,

2007 commenced with the completion in January of the acquisition of the US corporation Applied Data Systems Inc (ADS), specialists in low-consumption miniaturised computers. This also brought with it a 65% equity interest in the Chinese company Vantron Technology Ltd, active in software development and hardware design for mobile and multimedia, which today has over 45 graduate engineers. The ADS acquisition was a major step forward for the Group in terms of both sales and human resources, as well as creating a more marked focus on low-consumption mobile platforms.

At that point, we found ourselves with the Group’s centre of gravity tangibly skewed towards America. This suggested to us that, in our journey towards achievement of our “tipping point”, i.e., of our critical mass, it was time to look towards the East.

And so it was that, de facto, completion of the ADS acquisition paved the way for the subsequent acquisition of 65% of the Advanet Group – one of the leading companies in the Japanese embedded PC market, with sales of circa JPY 5.5 billion (over €33 million) and a 20% EBITDA margin. Advanet was the ideal choice: besides enabling us to enter the Japanese market, which is undoubtedly an important door for expansion in Asia, it did not feature any overlaps with the Group’s products and matched the profitability profile sought by us.

With the Advanet acquisition, the Group’s NanoPC offering has been completed by the addition of boards and systems based on the cPCI and VME standards, with both x86 and PowerPC processors. Moreover, as had already happened with the previous acquisitions, the Group is enhanced by an industrially and financially sound company, which we will integrate gradually via growing exploitation of Group synergies.

Thanks to these acquisitions, in 2008 we will be able to present ourselves to the market with a miniaturised PC offering comprising all the most important electrical and mechanical standards (PC/104, PC/104plus, cPCI, cPCI Express, VME, EPIC, EBX, COM Express, and PMC). Furthermore, we will also be able to offer different types of computing architecture (x86, ARM, and PowerPC). All customers sensitive to the quality, reliability and innovation which distinguish our solutions should therefore be able to find in our new offering the best response to their needs in terms of price, performance and consumption.

As regards innovation, during 2007 we once again demonstrated our ability to translate ideas and technologies into cutting-edge solutions. Using an FPGA-based flexible computing platform, we constructed Janus, the world’s most powerful computer in its segment as well as the smallest and lowest-consuming one. Janus is, in fact, the first supercomputer capable of achieving the astounding number of 8 PetaOps – 8 million billion operations per second – consuming just 10 kW and occupying a volume of just 2 cubic metres. We have thus transformed the scientific project featuring Eurotech’s co-operation with a pool of Italian and Spanish universities and research centres into a tangible reality.

A strategic lever that we will apply with special attention in 2008 will be worldwide consolidation of the Eurotech brand. Already in 2007 we saw the first move in this initiative as our UK company, Arcom, changed its name and Eurotech Ltd was born.

Following the important acquisitions made in the last two years, in 2008 the key event in the Eurotech Group’s integration process will be the merger of the US subsidiaries Applied Data Systems and Arcom to become one company – Eurotech Inc.

Eurotech Inc will be the starting point for the creation of a truly integrated group, capable of satisfying its customers with a substantial offering of innovative products and solutions together with quality services. Intentionally created to become the Eurotech Group’s premier sales channel for all products going to the American market, Eurotech Inc will sell all Group products: from boards to embedded systems and from sensors to HPCs (high-performance computers).

We expect this operation, commencing in April and completing in August, to start having a positive effect on Group profitability during the course of the year, thanks to greater operating efficiency and to the economies of scale achievable between the two companies.

I would now like to comment briefly on the business and financial results of the year that has just ended.

2007 ended with consolidated sales revenues of €76.54 million against an initial forecast of about €100 million. Apart from the natural variability typical of the dynamics of the market in which we operate, the difference versus the sales targets initially set for 2007 was mainly due to delays in the award of some projects in the USA, which caused lower than forecast revenues during the year for both Arcom and ADS. Secondly, the weight of US companies – accounting for approximately 60% of 2007 consolidated sales revenues – meant that, at the time of consolidation, Group results were hit by no mean extent by the ongoing depreciation of the US dollar against the euro, a trend that continued throughout 2007. From a business standpoint, the US companies of the Eurotech Group did not feel the effects of this US dollar trend, as all their costs are in US currency.

From a 2008 perspective, Advanet’s entry into the Eurotech Group gives us an almost ideal balance between business in US dollars, euro, and JPY. In future, the effects on consolidated accounts of one currency’s weakness versus others should be attenuated.

In 2007, Gross Profit Margin was 49.8%, substantially stable against 50.2% in 2006 and in line with initial targets, which set it at around 50%. This threshold permits an ideal balance in the cost structure and assures that we can continue investing in research and development.

Group EBITDA in 2007 was instead much lower than expected, stopping at a margin of 2.5%. This is the indicator most heavily affected by lower revenues. The latter in fact meant a heavier impact both of operating costs, prevalently fixed in nature, and, in particular, of the extra costs for integration of companies acquired, relating to the creation of a more extensive international organisation. These costs have served to lay the foundation for better exploitation of group synergies. They should therefore produce visible effects during 2008 in terms of EBITDA improvement.

Given the new scale achieved, we will have the possibility of increasing the outright value of R&D investments without this increasing their incidence as a percentage of revenues. We will therefore combine effectiveness and efficiency, exploiting the positive effects of the consolidated sales growth achieved thus far.

In summary, 2007 was a year when the Group worked hard to create the conditions for better exploitation of inter-group synergies, in terms of both increased organisational efficiency and acceleration of cross-selling and thus of organic growth. In other words, we have accumulated potential that has not yet expressed itself and should therefore be able do so during 2008.

Let us end by taking a look at the future awaiting us in the next few years.

Since the end of the 20th century, we have been witnessing the revolution driven by the new digital information and communication technologies. This is an irreversible revolution that will also lead to profound changes both in society and in individuals. A simple figure to give an idea of the phenomenon: some estimates indicate that, by the end of 2010, the number of devices connected to the Internet will grow to as many as 15 billion, but that only 5% of them will be PCs and servers, because third-generation mobile telephones will surge to take command.

The computer is becoming increasingly integrated with man. From the desktop personal computer, we have moved to increasingly portable computers (mobile telephones and PDAs) to progress today to wearable computers and so-called smart-dust networks (networks of miniaturised sensors) able to make our surroundings “intelligent”.

We thus have interconnection on one hand and integration in our surroundings and daily life on the other. This is the dominant paradigm, called “ubiquitous computing” or “pervasive computing”. This will open up major opportunities and we, thanks to our R&D investments in the last few years, are ready to take advantage of them. We are, in fact, steadily transforming Eurotech, following the new computing paradigms, from an embedded-computer company into a pervasive-computer company, aiming to be the leading company in the professional sector for pervasive computers.

Our family of wearable computers, which immediately achieved major international recognition for its innovative content, started to demonstrate its marketplace potential towards the end of 2007.
Our wireless connectivity platforms have been installed in trains and buses in the USA to give commuters constant and ubiquitous Internet access.
We have the technology and skills to gather the real world’s data and put them online: from inboard parameters of moving vehicles to the operating data of plant installations; and from the environmental conditions of specific monitored areas to information on individuals’ physiological parameters.
We are working on equipping the uniforms of first-aid and emergency rescue teams. Our sensors will pick up important physiological parameters of the rescuer and – co-ordinated by a special-purpose version of our wearable computer Zypad – communicate them to the operations HQ, which will therefore have the psychophysical conditions of the men in action under its control.

We believe that pervasive computers will be increasingly present in Eurotech’s future, i.e., distributed computing devices and platforms ready to be connected with Web infrastructures and to exploit their full potential. In the not so distant future, when everything will virtually become a computer, our NanoPCs will connect to our HPCs to form the Pervasive Grid.

We see a future with a wealth of opportunities and great growth potential and it is for these new challenges that we have equipped ourselves well.

28th March 2008
Roberto Siagri
Chairman and CEO

Eurotech Group presents the Clu Personal Supercomputer


Eurotech Group presents exclusively for Milan’s SMAU exhibition in the “Innovation Routes” section its new Clu Personal Supercomputer.

Eurotech, with the strength of its years of knowledge in computer miniaturization and thanks to innovative design techniques, has succeeded in encapsulating the computing power of a supercomputer in a very small space.

The last frontier in high-performance computing (HPC) is in fact the Personal Supercomputer ? a new and cutting-edge evolution in the world of HPCs making technology increasingly accessible and also championing its more varied uses.

The Cl? will revolutionise the use of computers by featuring a high-performance computing capacity, taking them outside data centres and thus making new uses possible, both in office and field environments.

Click here to learn more about the Cl?

or meet us at SMAU 2006 – Milan Fair (New Exhibition Area of Rho Pero) –

“I Percorsi dell?innovazione”, pavillion 8, Italy

THE EUROTECH GROUP

Eurotech operates in the research, development, production and marketing of miniature computers (Nano-PC) and high performance computers (HPC).

www.eurotech.com