Sun introduces supercomputing blade system


Sun introduces supercomputing blade system

Cliff Saran

Sun has introduced a family of integrated servers, storage and networking for high performance computing. The product can be configured for supercomputing applications like weather modelling and forecasting, high energy and nuclear physics, molecular dynamics calculations and seismic processing.

The company has combined its dual-node Sun Blade X6275 server module, powered by the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series, with its Blade 6048 InfiniBand (IB) Quad Data Rate (QDR) Network Express Module (NEM). The product includes Sun's Blade 6048 chassis, the Sun Cooling Door system, the Lustre file system and Sun's Open Storage portfolio.

Sun says its HPC networking family reduces cabling by 84%, switches by 97%, and rack space by 75%.

The fully configured product is able to support 48 physical blades per rack - supporting 96 nodes of two-socket, quad-core processors per node, resulting in a total of 768 processor cores and nine teraflops of peak performance in a single 42U rack using the Sun Blade X6275 blade. Sun said the configuration provides up to 2.25 teraflops of peak compute capacity and a Linpack efficiency rating of 89% for every shelf of 12 blades.

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