Oracle Solaris (Sun) Studio at ISC 2010
By vtatkar on Jun 03, 2010
International SuperComputing Conference, that congregation of ultimate-geeks, celebrated 25 years this week in Hamburg, Germany. It is perhaps the largest HPC event of the year. Sun / Oracle Solaris Studio was well-represented there with a poster and a full talk.
Some highlights of the event are noted below:
- Record number of attendees (about 1800), presenters (225) and exhibitors (151)
- A new list of Top500 SuperComputer sites was released at the same time.
- Look at this amazing march of progress (the benchmark for measurement here is Linpack performance): As a point in comparison, the task that the #1 system can do in 1 second would usually take about 10 hours on an average PC. Similarly, a day of CPU crunching on the top machine is equivalent to 100 years on a PC. Thats the scale of things we are talking about.
- First system to exceed 1 (sustained) Gigaflop application was in 1988 (on a Cray Y-MP)
- First system to exceed 1 (sustained) Teraflop application was in 1998 (Cray T3E)
- First system to exceed 1 (sustained) Petaflop application was in 2008 (Cray XT-5)
- For the first time, China has two systems in the Top10 list (#2
and #7). China is undertaking big efforts to become a supercomputing
- There are 5 machines this year which exceed 1 TeraFlop (Theoretical Peak) LinPack performance. [See here for description of the Linpack benchmark]
has a terrific graphic to show which country has the most of these
systems, which processors are most popular, which OS runs the most
number of these, etc. Its an interesting graphic that they call the Treemap
- Sun (Oracle) now has 4 of the Top15 and 10 of the Top100 systems installed with over 250,000 installed cores and 2.5 petaFlop of performance. The highest ranked system is Texas Advanced Computing Center/Univ. of Texas at #10 and Sandia Labs at #11
- There will be an ISC
Cloud Conference in the same location in October. This clearly
understates the importance of Cloud Computing to HPC and the