Project Blackbox: First Customer

This past weekend the first Project Blackbox customer deployment went live.  The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), based on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, Calif., received a shipping container rigged with 252 computing systems. Below are pictures of the container getting delivered.

SLAC, which studies subatomic particles for the U.S. Energy Department, had been challenged to find ways to add computing resources quickly.  "We can't expand fast enough," said Richard Mount, the director of scientific computing at SLAC, earlier this year in an article published by Bloomberg.  Mount went on to say that Project Blackbox is "...the fastest way we can house computers."  The Project Blackbox system is anticipated to boost the SLAC computing capacity by a third. 

SLAC is just the first of what we at Sun hope are many Project Blackbox customer deployments.  And the good news, according to Greg Papadopoulos, Sun's chief technology officer, is that customer demand is strong.  "Suffice it to say we have a very robust pipeline of interest," Greg is quoted as saying.

While SLAC was getting its new computing resources another Project Blackbox container continued its tour of Europe.  And we've now locked down on dates for an Asia/Pacific tour in the Fall:

Singapore: October 1, 2, 3
Beijing: October 22, 23, 24
Tokyo: November 12, 13, 14
Seoul: November 21, 22, 23
Sydney: December 18, 19, 20

Comments:

That's Great news about the Asia/Pacific tour, though it's not exactly "in the Fall": it will be early Summer in Sydney and I think the season in Singapore is referred to as Pre North-East Monsoon Season :-)

Posted by Luke on July 17, 2007 at 05:19 PM PDT #

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