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Sun solutions address extreme computation, storage

Posted: 27 Nov 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:high performance computing  open petascale computing environment  supercomputer 

Constellation System

Sun Microsystems Inc. has delivered two new systems designed to address the extreme computation, scale and storage requirements of today's HPC customer.

The Sun Constellation System, said to be the world's first open petascale computing environment, combines ultradense, high performance compute, networking, storage and software into an integrated general purpose system. Running the Solaris OS, Linux and Windows, the Sun Constellation System is capable of scaling from departmental clusters to the largest supercomputer configurations to help customers to solve complex computational problems. The Sun StorageTek 5800 System is designed to help ensure long-term preservation, protection and integrity of massive data stores with extensive metadata facilities.

"With today's announcements, we've designed and are delivering the next big thing?open compute and storage platforms in an extremely scalable architecture that brings the power of industrial grade computing to department level clusters and all the way up to the petaflop environments," said John Fowler, executive VP of systems group at Sun.

Scalable architecture
The Sun Constellation System is the world's most scalable HPC computing architecture based on open standards and industry standard components. Scaling from departmental level clusters to systems capable of petascale level computing, the system features ultradense compute nodes, ultradense Infiniband switching and high performance storage.

The Sun Constellation System comprises the following innovative components, bringing production-ready capabilities to petascale computing:

• Sun Blade 6048 Modular System: an ultra dense blade server platform which supports SPARC, AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon processors and runs industry standard OS including Solaris and Linux.

• Sun Datacenter Switch 3456: said to be world's first single chassis switch designed for petascale, delivers 12x the capacity of the largest Infiniband switch available today, enables the Sun Constellation System to require 1/6 the number of cables of competitive systems and simplifies the design and management of high performance clusters by reducing the number of Infiniband switching elements by up to 300:1.

• High-throughput, high-density storage and high capacity tape archive in a unique end-to-end hierarchical storage solution with automated and seamless transfer supporting optimal placement of data.

• New Sun Datacenter Express Services for HPC that can be combined with factory integration services and design through Sun's Customer Ready program provide a comprehensive, all-in-one systems and services solution that takes the cost and complexity out of HPC infrastructure procurement and management.

The Sun StorageTek 5800 System a storage system designed for large-scale storage of fixed data. The first commercially available fixed content storage system designed for open source code, the Sun StorageTek 5800 System helps ensure long-term accessibility to data and delivers simpler deployment and management capabilities than traditional file/block-based storage. The Sun StorageTek 5800 System allows customers to scale seamlessly, saving millions in administrative costs. Designed for long-term preservation and protection of data assets, the system helps protect against data corruption and loss with advanced data integrity functionality and assurances.

Sun has demonstrated its HPC products, services and solutions from servers to software to file systems to storage and archival tape at the Supercomputing 2007 conference in the United States.

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