Open Petascale Computing with Solaris

I haven't had time to upload any pictures so here are a few of Josh's. For the first time every, with the same industry standard CPUs, storage, and InfiniBand network interface, you can scale HPC clusters from a single rack to over a petaflop, all running my favorite open source operating system, Solaris.

There is so much you can say about the new Sun Constellation System, I don't have time to cover it all before my flight back to LA takes off. But here are a few of my favorite highlights:

  • The Sun Constellation System includes the world's largest InfiniBand switch, 3456 fully non-blocking IB ports using the latest Mellanox InfiniScale III switch chips.
  • The Sun Constellation System requires only 1/6 as many IB cables as current solutions. In a 3456 node cluster, this is estimated to be a weight savings over over 8 tons in the cables alone!
  • A single 3456 port switch replaces 300 individual switches in a traditional IB fabric design (288 24 port switches and 12 288 port switches).
  • The Sun Constellation System supports AMD, Intel, and SPARC CPUs.
  • The Sun Constellation System can be configured with up to an Exabyte of storage! Of course since the Sun Constellation System uses ZFS, there will be no limits in file system scalability as disk drive density increases to enable even greater storage capacity.
  • The Sun Constellation System scales down to starter systems, starting with a single rack of 48 blades (192 sockets/768 cores) and up to 13,824 blades with 4 switches.
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