Sun Open Network Systems for HPC

Sun announced a number of new products today that weren't HPC focused, but at our Open Network Systems launch event at Sun's North America Partner summit in Las Vegas the talk was sure focused on HPC. Of course, when you get Sun engineers like Andy Bechtolsheim, Jeff Bonwick (inventor of ZFS), and Michael Cornwell (Sun's chief flash technologist) on stage for an unscripted talk with John Fowler, what else would you expect.

Of course as interesting as the discussion was, what really makes an HPC product is its performance, and our new Open Network Systems come complete with benchmark proof points that these new systems are absolutely the best HPC servers in the world using Intel's new Xeon 5500 (aka Nehalem) CPUs. While every major vendor has announced Nehalem based systems, only Sun:

  • Is delivering up to 96 two-socket nodes in a standard 24" rack using our new x6275 server module
  • Is delivering on-board QDR InfiniBand, providing each two-socket node in the x6275 full 40 GB/sec network bandwidth
  • Is delivering on-board SSD-flash accelerated storage, providing the equivalent performance of 100 disk drives
  • Is delivering in-chassis QDR IB switching, with our QNEM supporting large Torus or full fat tree (with external core switches) IB fabrics of > 5000 nodes with a 6x cable reduction versus traditional IB switches

    Needless to say, everyone in the Sun HPC community is excited about these products. The new Sun Constellation System components are being delivered today, and thanks to the ease of use our Sun HPC Software Stack you can start gaining immediate productivity improvements from your new system today!

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