IMAN1-Booster/King – Booster (IMAN1-03-PS3), King (IMAN1-04-PS3)

Both of booster (IMAN1-03-PS3) and King (IMAN1-04-PS3) Clusters are HPC cluster based on the IBM CELL Processor 8 C SPEs + 1 PPE. Booster cluster is a small scale cluster consisted of five PlayStations (PS3) used to run pilot projects and to make prove of concept of code porting on the IBM CELL Processor computing architecture. However, the successful jobs on booster cluster are moved to the large-scale cluster King (IMAN1-04-PS3), which is consisted of 250 PlayStation, more technical information is provided in the table below.

Administrative data

Name IMAN1-Booster/King
Short Description Booster (IMAN1-03-PS3), King (IMAN1-04-PS3)
Country Jordan


Dedication to VI-SEEM

CPU (percent) 50%
Storage (percent) 30%
Accelerators (percent) 30%
CPU (core-hours per year) 672,768
Storage in TB 1 TB
Accelerators (hours per year) 5,382,144


System operational since 2011
Available to the project from PM06
Expected date to be phased -
Interfaces SSH


Computational Power

Number of servers Booster (QTY=5), King (QTY=250) Interconnect type - Peak performance (Tflops) -
Server specification PlayStation3 Interconnect latency - Real performance (Tflops) -
CPU per server 1 PPE, 64-bit PowerPc Interconnect bandwidth - Operating system Yellow Dog Linux
RAM per server 256 MB XDR DRAM Local filesystem type - Version 6.2
Total number of CPU-cores - Total storage (TB) 1 TB Batch system/scheduler Open MPI
Max number of parallel processes - Peak performance CPU (Tflops) - Accelerators type SPE (Synergistic Processing Element)
Number of cores 8 SPEs Servers equipped with accelerators 106 Peak performance accelerators (Tflops) Every PlayStation
Accelerators per server 8