Humungazoid Sun Cluster Unveiled
By barton808 on Feb 25, 2008
I was expecting a relatively low-key event but was surprised by what a big deal it turned out to be. Jonathan Schwartz was there as was Hector Ruiz, CEO of AMD, and the food was amazing.
L-R: William Powers - President of UT; Congressman Michael McCaul; Jay Bosisseau - director of TACC, Hector Ruiz, Jonathan Schwartz, Dan Atkins - NFS, Juan Sanchez - VP of research at UT.
It's all about communities, its all about sharing
Ranger is being billed as the world's most powerful supercomputer for open science research. 90% of its power will go to the National Science Foundation's TeraGrid while TACC will only take 10% for itself. In fact, it was a five-year $59 million dollar award from the NSF to TACC that made this possible.
Andy Bechtolsheim (right) next to the model of the Ranger.
Ranger and the OscarsSpeaking of the 10% that TACC will take for itself and the great state of Texas, while I was watching the Oscar pre-show on Sunday there was an actual commercial for Ranger. It was done by a local news station here in Austin who will "soon be bringing you meteorological reports backed by the power of Ranger". They talked about how powerful it was and showed a walk through with cool special effects. You could even see the Sun logo (if you were looking)
Folks taking a closer look.
Sun Constellation Linux Cluster
- 504 teraflops (504 trillion operations per second) peak performance, provided by 15,744 AMD Quad-core Processors (62,976 cores)
- 123 terabytes total memory, with 32 gigabytes for each of 3936 compute nodes
- 1.7 petabytes total disk in a Luster parallel file system, plus 10 petabyte capacity Sun STK data archival sysems
- 13.5 terabytes/second interconnect backplane bandwidth, provide by 2 Sun
Data Center Switches, each with up to 3, 456 InfiniBand 4x ports
Thar she blows!
One of the two gianormous switches at the center of the cluster -- Texas style.
One of the six rows of machines. The interspersed black cabinets are fans to keep it cool.
Pau for now...