Saturday 17 May 2008
Platform Computing cite RAL HPC Services Group in product launch
Sun Microsystems invited the e-Science High Performance Computing Services Group, lead by Pete Oliver, to test their new Blade 8000 P modular system to see if it meets the manufacturer's claims about its performance.
The manufacturer's claim that "It's the first blade server specialized for high-end x86 cluster and grid computing that can give you 240 processing cores, and 1.344 TFLOPS, in a single rack." "We've not tested it to destruction, but we've certainly put it through its paces", says Pete. "Sun get the reassurance that their products can cope within a complex computing environment, and we get to try out the very latest kit." The Sun Microsystems Web site quotes Pete as saying "Our Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) operates world-class, large-scale research facilities and provides strategic advice to the UK government and other international research partners. STFC users require efficient access to geographically distributed storage, compute and network resources in order to manage and analyse these data in a timely and cost-effective manner. We are testing the Sun Blade 8000 P system in a strategic role in our computational infrastructure and it augments our previously deployed servers. The system provides a high performance power efficient platform, combined with ease of management and Infiniband capability which is imperative to meeting our needs for scalability and hence productivity of scientific applications."
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