At Supercomputing 2005, Sun Microsystems announced significant performance upgrades to its Sun Fire x64 servers powered by the AMD Opteron processor, new high performance computing (HPC) tools and applications for x64 and SPARCÂ® processor-based Sun Fire servers running the Solaris 10 OS, alliances with HPC industry leaders and breakthrough storage technologies to enable rapid deployment of power-efficient Terascale compute clusters.
The Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) has purchased Sun Fire x64 servers to build Japan’s largest supercomputer. Tokyo Tech’s project will use Sun Fire x64 servers with 10,480 AMD Opteron processor cores, Sun storage technologies and NEC’s integration expertise to build the Tokyo Tech supercomputer. In Canada, Atlantic Computational Excellence Network (ACEnet) will build the largest HPC network in Atlantic Canada based on the Sun Fire x64 servers. ACEnet’s grid will be a service for a wide range of research, including oil and gas, marine engineering, pharmaceuticals, underwater vehicles, physics, physical oceanography, and computer science throughout Atlantic Canada.
The Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 servers are now available with AMD’s multi-core AMD Opteron Model 285 SE processor. The Sun Fire X4100 server with one AMD Opteron Dual Core processor Model 285 SE comes equipped with the Solaris 10 OS, 36GB SAS disk drive, 1 GB memory, and KVMS enabled service processor,.
Sun recently announced several new tools and solutions that further accelerate its position in the HPC market:
Sun customers can now build and order large-scale computing solutions from Sun by the TeraFLOP through its “TeraFLOP to Go” solution, which gives customers a low-risk method to easily build or expand compute clusters by providing innovative, HPC-ready building blocks. The “TeraFLOP to Go” solution is pre-defined and tested to scale from .25 to 2.0 TeraFLOPS, with larger configurations available upon request. Sun will build, test and deliver the ready-to-deploy system to the customer using the Sun Customer Ready Systems (CRS) program.
Sun unveiled a sneak-peek and customer early access to the Sun HPC ClusterTools 6 software, a major update to its ClusterTools portfolio. This software solution enables customers to build and deploy large-scale Message Passing Interface (MPI) applications on the entire range of Sun Fire servers, powered by either x64 or SPARC-based processors running the Solaris 10 OS.
Sun has expanded its portfolio of HPC information management solutions with the acquisition of StorageTek. The UltraSPARC IV+ servers are ideal for HPC applications that require large-scale shared memory to run effectively. SPARC processor-based Sun Fire servers running on the Solaris OS are up to twice as fast as competitive solutions and offer extensive compute, input/output and storage capacity with the lowest power consumption on the market. This expanded Sun portfolio provides customers with added scalability, flexibility and choice in storage and data management with solutions for heterogeneous HPC environments.
The T10000 tape drive offers the highest throughput of any tape drive available today and initial capacity of 500 GB of uncompressed data. Additionally, the industry-leading FlexLine 380 enterprise disk storage system is supporting three different HPC applications at the show with both Fibre Channel and InfiniBand connected storage — highlighting the commitment to emerging technologies in this space.
Sun announced that it has selected Luxtera Inc., a fabless semiconductor company and world leader in silicon photonics, to collaborate on the development of dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) optical links. Luxtera’s DWDM-on-a-chip technology will serve as the building block of future Terabit links in Hero, Sun’s High Productivity Computing Systems (HPCS) project, part of the United States’ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) High Productivity Computing Systems program. Sun and Luxtera are demonstrating the world’s first DWDM 40 Gigabit per second optical link built entirely in CMOS in the HPCS section of Sun’s booth.