Math -- Powered by Sun
By chhandomay on Aug 14, 2009
the University of Washington
one of the leading mathematics research departments in the United
States. Several years ago, William Stein, an associate professor of
mathematics at UW, collaborated with more than 150 mathematicians
around the world to build Sage, an open-source computational software
program. Sage can be used to solve a wide range of mathematical
problems including algebra, calculus, number theory, numerical
computation and more.
Stein recently looked to expand the computational capabilities of Sage, but felt limited by the hardware the department was using to run the software. Additionally, the department wanted to increase the overall performance of Sage while also making the automated testing of the platform faster and easier. Last November, the department began evaluating new server solutions to support Sage and eventually selected a new system from Sun.
(Image courtesy: University of Washington
four Sun Fire X4450
servers, powered by 2.6 Ghz Six-Core Intel Xeon processors, and
one Sun Fire X4540
server that runs the OpenSolaris
Operating System. The department received SunSpectrum
Silver support in addition to support from the Sun market
development organization during the solution’s implementation.
Since deploying the Sun solution in December, the department has gained a huge increase in computing power that has significantly sped the automated testing of Sage. Stein reports that with the Sun X4450, it only takes three minutes to run the standard Sage test suite, a task that previously took at least an hour. Stein noted that “our previous infrastructure was fine, but the entire thing was only about one-third the capacity of a single Sun X4450 server.” He said Sage runs computations much faster and stated: “The whole way I do mathematical calculations using Sage is so much different now that I have this hardware.”
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