Sun introduced new HPC Products And Technologies
Sun Microsystems, Inc. in conjunction with its Open Network Systems launch announced new servers, integrated open storage and high-performance networking that bring scale, simplicity and savings to the HPC market, making Sun's high performance technology capabilities available to a broader customer segment than ever before.
Sun is taking integration to a new level and providing leadership scalability, flexibility and compute density in a no-compromise HPC design, by combining the new dual-node Sun Blade X6275 server module powered by the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series, with the new Sun Blade 6048 InfiniBand (IB) Quad Data Rate (QDR) Network Express Module (NEM), the Sun Blade 6048 chassis, the Sun Cooling Door system, the Lustre file system and Sun's Open Storage portfolio. This scalable, efficient Sun Constellation System leverages advanced Sun technologies including next-generation Flash-based system performance design, IB QDR networking, an integrated Linux-based HPC software stack, and advanced cooling technologies to provide the highest level of integration and performance across computing, storage, networking and software. In addition, Sun Blade server nodes can be separately provisioned to run Linux, Windows, Solaris or OpenSolaris operating systems, while also giving users the flexibility to migrate nodes from one operating system to another as needed.
"Slow pipes and slow storage have limited high performance computing systems for years. The solution is to evolve the industry's view of high performance computing today to include high performance I/O and networking," said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems Group, Sun Microsystems. "Our Open Network Systems approach first solved this problem with the Sun Constellation System. Today, Sun is taking integrated compute, software, networking and storage to the next level and our innovations are giving HPC customers the speed, scalability and simplicity to help solve the world's greatest challenges."
One of Sun's latest products comes in the form of the new Sun Blade X6275, a dual-node server module that is presented as the first blade server to deliver on-board IB QDR, offering improved network performance, power efficiency and ease of use. The server is encased in a Sun Blade 6048 chassis and boasts two Intel Xeon 5500-series processors, up to 96GB of high-speed memory, Gigabit Ethernet, optional Sun Flash Modules and optional PCIe ExpressModule I/O. The solution can enable up to nine teraFLOPS of peak performance in a single 42U rack.
In addition, Sun also rolled out its new Sun Constellation System, expected to be used in some of the world's largest HPC systems. A list of the company's customers includes names such as Australian National University (ANU), Australia's Bureau of Meteorology, South Africa's Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), the Galileu Project and the University of Zurich, all of which have decided to go for Sun's latest Constellation System.